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O Cuiv plea on fodder crisis

Fianna Fail's Eamon O Cuiv has called for an extension to the fodder transport scheme for at least another two weeks.

His call comes as farmers continue to struggle with the fodder crisis, which is still causing huge distress in many parts of the country.

"I am calling on Minister Coveney to extend the fodder transport scheme for a further two weeks at least. Farmers are still under severe pressure and sadly, Minister Coveney has so far failed to do anything of significance to deal with the crisis."

WANTED: MORE

EXORCIST PRIESTS

The Catholic archdiocese in Madrid says it needs more exorcists to help some of its faithful cope with the devil.

An archdiocese spokeswoman said Madrid only has one exorcist priest and that it is considering a plan to train more.

"The devil exists. That's a fact," she said.

ReligionenLibertad, a Catholic website, blames the growing secularisation of Spanish society for an increase in people asking for help with their demons.

OBAMA WARNS

ON SEX ABUSE

US President Barack Obama says sexual assault threatens the "trust and discipline" that makes the US military strong and respected.

Speaking at the US Naval Academy, Mr Obama urged new graduates to exhibit honour and courage in tackling incidents of sexual assault as they assume leadership positions in the military.

A Pentagon report estimates up to 26,000 military members may have been sexually assaulted last year.

SHAKESPEARE'S

RARE AUTOGRAPH

A priceless William Shakespeare signature is to go on display at a London exhibition.

The 400-year-old scrawled autograph – at the foot of a deed manuscript for a £140 property in Blackfriars – is one of only six known penned by the bard.

It also bears the signature of William Johnson, who experts believe is same William Johnson who was the landlord of the Mermaid tavern in Cheapside, where Shakespeare and fellow playwright Christopher Marlowe are said to have drunk.


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