Fionnghuala Nic Roibeaird

Whats up with Stormont politicians appealing November High Court abortion ruling

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Last November the High Court in Belfast ruled that the near blanket ban on abortion was incompatible with human rights legislation the cases of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormalities.  While it was a landmark ruling and is reflective of the change in society from the days of religious domination it doesn't change the law. The ruling does nothing other than place pressure on Stormont to change the law.

So why is it that two high profile appeals have been submitted against the ruling? One of them from the Attorney General, John Larkin, a well known anti-choicer, and the other from the Minister of Justice, David Ford.

IBEC lobbies to keep the universal social charge and cut taxes for the rich

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As the 2016 General election got underway lobby groups had already set out their stall in terms of what they do and don't want to see in government policy. IBEC (the Irish Business and Employers Confederation) have launched their manifesto and have begun hosting political debates in plush surroundings. One of their most prominent calls to politicians is to leave the universal social charge untouched, not abolished, not reduced, and not modified to relieve lower earners from paying it.

The USC is often described in the media as Ireland's most hated tax, and it's easy to see why this might be so, it's applied to even those who are not earning enough to pay tax, or support themselves and their families.

N. Ireland has it's First Female First Minister - 5 Reasons Why This Won't Advance Feminism

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December saw the promotion of Fermanagh & South Tyrone MLA, Arlene Foster to the position of DUP leader and the North of Ireland’s First Minister.

Foster is a woman who was once described to have “learned a lot from the likes of Thatcher when it comes to dealing with men in politics."

It is not coming as much of a surprise that some middle-class, career-focused feminists have made claims of this being some sort of an advance of feminism. Many are claiming that this represents a great change in northern Irish society, as a move away from the male dominated arena that we understands politics here to be (the same could be said throughout the World of course).

Emergency Protest Takes Place in Belfast in Favour of Free, Safe and Legal Abortion

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Somewhere in the region of 70 people attended an emergency protest yesterday outside Belfast City Hall.

Those present were protesting in favour of free, safe and legal abortion on demand, as early as possible, as late as necessary.

Belfast High court rules abortion ban in "breach of human rights" but Fight For Free, Safe and Legal Continues

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The High Court in Belfast ruled in December that the North's abortion laws are in "breach of human rights".

Judge Rules that Abortion Law is Incompatible With Human Rights in N. Ireland

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The Belfast High Court has ruled that the North's abortion ban is in breach of Human Rights Law.

This is the judgment on the case brought forward by the Human Rights Commission to allow for abortion in the cases of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormalities.

Pro-Life That's A Lie - Terrorist Shooting Occurs at Planned Parenthood

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You've probably heard the slogan "Pro-Life that's a lie, you don't care if women die!" at pro-choice rallies or protests. Today the reality of that slogan is once again ringing true.

At around about noon yesterday a 57-year-old white man, known as Robert Lewis Dear, attacked a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado in the U.S. Three are dead and nine are injured as a result of the terrorist shooting.

Stormont Gives The Tories The Power To Destroy Our Welfare System

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It's no secret that Stormont has gone into one of its regular crises.

A few months ago they were arguing over Welfare Reform, then Kevin McGuigan was shot dead and they were then arguing about whether or not the IRA still existed (great timing for Robinson as the NAMA scandal was just being brought to light).

Emergency protest in Belfast calls for abortion on demand in wake of court ruling

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Somewhere in the region of 70 people attended an emergency pro-choice protest outside Belfast City Hall December 1st. Those present were protesting in favour of free, safe and legal abortion on demand, as early as possible, as late as necessary.

Bombardier and Crisis Capitalism

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Bombardier reported a profit of $125 million last quarter yet our media is telling us that the Company is in a serious financial crisis and that significant changes will have to be made to the workforce as a result.

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