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Can society be rid of anti-gay prejudice?

After decades and more of courageous and determined campaigning by sections of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, same-sex civil partnership and marriage are being won in one Western European country after another. It lends legitimacy to the natural optimism that acceptance of gay sexuality is on an exponential upward curve. Perhaps something undreamed of by nineteenth and twentieth century apologists, who argued heads bowed for society’s tolerance of the ‘affliction’ of homosexuality, could actually come to pass, that people could have the freedom to choose their intimate relationships and family arrangements free …

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Abortion Rights The International Picture

The denial of free, legal and safe abortion is an urgent global issue. Over 47,000 women die as a result of unsafe illegal abortion, making it the leading cause of maternal death internationally. Women are driven to take the deadly risk of dangerous back street abortion for many reasons, mainly that abortion is outlawed in their country or where it is permitted they cannot afford to avail of one safely. When abortion rates of countries where the procedure is illegal are compared to those where it is legal, the figures are similar – banning abortion …

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A breach of trust – children’s needs before profits

The nation watched in horror as the shocking truth about what happens behind closed doors at our privately owned crèches unfolded on Prime Time. Disturbing images of children being mistreated have enraged parents up and down the country, and all for some of the highest child care costs in Europe. Already burdened, Irish families fork out 29% of their family net income on childcare more than double the European average of 13%.  “A Breach of Trust” exposed the extreme failure by the state to regulate and inspect the ran for profit child care system that …

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ROSA campaign condemns HSE cuts for childcare training and advice and announce details of protest next Saturday

Protest for public and not for-profit childcare, Saturday 12th June 1:30pm, Central Bank Plaza, Dame Street Responding to the the revelations today that the HSE cut funding to the Childminding Advisory Service affecting 33 specialists whohave been engaged to provide advice and support to childminders across the state spokesperson for the ROSA campaign which already announced a protest this Saturday calling for a properly publicly run not for profit childcare service, Emma Quinn said: “Today’s revelations which come so soon after the Prime Time exposé of the bad treatment of children in privately run crèches …

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Rape is no joke

The Socialist Party of England and Wales has launched a campaign called “Rape Is Not a Joke” with the aim of tackling the prevalence of jokes about sexual assault in comedy. While on the surface this might not seem like a pressing issue, the fact is that by incorporating this sort of “humour” into their routines, comedians like Daniel Tosh and Jimmy Carr are contributing to the trivialisation of rape in our society. This is in the context of increasing attacks on women by politicians. Tory Justice Minister, Kenneth Clarke, suggested some types of rape …

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