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GGrace Davitt and her fellow Irish rugby heroes received a hero's welcome when they returned to Dublin Airport from France this week. I've paid tribute to the team previously in these pages but I want to reiterate it again. The Irish Women's Rugby Team showed the country - their male counterparts included - the amount of skill and determination they had by beating New Zealand.

Cthe Protection of Life in Pregnancy Act has managed to do a rare thing - outrage and offend all sides on this often divisive issue. The tragic case of a young woman has brought his issue back into the news this week. But the lack of courage of generations of politicians - on whatever side of the debate - is to blame for the ongoing confusion. It's shameful.