Friday 27 April 2018

What it says in the papers

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Dublin football star Ger Brennan writes in today’s Irish Independent that he’s voting ‘No’ in the upcoming marriage referendum because every child deserves a mother and a father where possible. The football player writes that he is proud to love his gay family members and gay friends but children’s interests should come before all else.

Significant tax reliefs for landlords and longer leases for tenants are part of a radical new Government policy document to give the rental market its biggest overhaul in a generation. It also proposes an end to the practice of ejecting tenants when a property is being sold. These are all among the new proposals are designed to shake up the Irish rental sector and were reviewed by Cabinet yesterday, the Irish Independent reports.

In Limerick, angry brides-to-be stormed a shop after failing to receive the dresses they had ordered for their weddings. A group of women, who had handed over substantial cash deposits for wedding dresses, rushed into Robelle Bridal shop in Annacotty, Co Limerick and helped themselves to dresses on display in the shop. The Herald reports that the women said they complained to gardai about their problems in trying to secure the dresses they had ordered several months ago.

An investigation is underway into a fourth baby death in the space of 30 months in one of the country’s smaller maternity units, the Irish Times reports. The investigation has begun following the death of a baby in Cavan General Hospital yesterday. In 2014, in the wake of the deaths of three babies within 18 months, former health minister James Reilly said he would task HIQA with examining maternity services at the hospital.

The State has moved to cut funding for the Catholic Church's marriage preparation courses ahead of the upcoming referendum on same-sex marriage. Bishop Denis Nulty, president of Accord Catholic marriage care service, confirmed the child and family agency Tusla wrote to the agency to inform them of the withdrawal of some funding. The decision by Tusla is expected to be cited by 'No' campaigners as an effort to undermine the institution of marriage.

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