Saturday 25 March 2017

Gay weddings by July

Gay couples can look forward to summer weddings as Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald pledged to enact laws allowing for same-sex marriages by the end of July.

Ms Fitzgerald said she would bring the Marriage Bill 2015 before Cabinet in June with the aim of passing the legislation through the Oireachtas before the Dáil summer recess.

All couples are required to give three months notification before registering a marriage.

Gay couples who registered for civil partnership three months before the legislation is passed will automatically be entitled to get married once the law is changed.

Cannabis plants

Gardaí are hunting the criminals behind a cannabis-growing operation on Nama-owned land just 50 metres from a garda station.

The plants were discovered growing in fields just across the road from Buncrana Garda Station in Co Donegal.

Workers on the vacant site had been removing vegetation when they discovered the plants, said Supt Eugene McGovern.

All the plants have since been removed and sent for further analysis.

Irish art auction

Two paintings by world-renowned Irish artists have sold for over €310,000 at a Dublin auction.

William Orpen's portrait of Hollywood starlet Gladys Cooper went under the hammer in Whyte's Auction house last night and sold for €175,000 - €55,000 over its guide price.

The three-time Academy Award winner sat for the stunning piece in 1924.

John Lavery's 1910 portrait 'A Baccante' fetched €135,000, eclipsing its €60,000 estimate.

Both paintings were sold to private collectors and will remain in Ireland.

Traveller gangs

Slash hooks, pepper spray and sledgehammers have been seized by gardaí investigating a feud between Traveller gangs in the Midlands.

A total of seven people are being questioned following the search of a number of homes in the region.

Gardaí used search warrants to investigate the contents of an estimated 13 dwellings in Mullingar, Athlone and Moate.

The garda investigation is being co-ordinated by officers in Athlone.

A woman in her 30s, a 17-year-old youth and a man in his 60s were among those held for questioning.

Irish Independent

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