The unsuccessful proposal by Mick Wallace TD (pictured) to legislate for fatal foetal abnormalities was misguided as a matter of constitutional law. The bill sought to extend the scope of the Protection of Life in Pregnancy Act 2013 to permit the termination of pregnancies in tragic cases of fatal foetal abnormalities. An identical amendment had been rejected twice previously.
One lesson from the shocking clear-out at Clerys is that it's time to enhance and specify the legal obligations owed by company directors to their employees. This should include some provision to keep staff informed about what is going on financially at their employer.
For those who have only visited northern Italian cities, or even for those who have gone no further south than Rome, Naples is a shock to the system. Not only do you feel like you've gone through a portal out of 21st Century Italy, you can also feel like you've ended up somewhere on an entirely different continent.
The first time I saw Bantry was in 1994. All I knew of it then was that it was a place that was famously celebrated in song -- in more than one song, too. Therefore, I thought, it must be magical, beautiful ... the sort of place that grabs a hold of you and won't let you go until you've taken out a mortgage and bought yourself a house there.
THE Canal du Midi -- 240km long and linking the Mediterranean to the Atlantic -- was the brainchild of a particularly bright tax collector named Pierre-Paul Riquet. More than three centuries after it was finally finished, we went to explore a section of it by boat. Our starting point was Castelnaudary, a pretty town 60km south of Toulouse. We had slowed down the entire pace of the holiday and had taken the Brittany Ferries route to France, followed by an increasingly warm drive down almost the full length of the country.
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