The official result is expected around early evening today and counts will be taking place all over the country. Here's what people are saying on Twitter:Well, the Pope's mass in the Phoenix Park in August will be totes awks now. #RepealThe8th #TogetherForYes — Aidan Curran (@aidancurran17) May 26, 2018AdvertisementThank you to all in Ireland who voted no. My heart is broken always for any woman who finds herself in that situation. #Ireland #repelthe8th #VoteYes pic.twitter.com/BJpt0CvTrn — Stephen Sutton (@Stippidoo) May 26, 2018
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May 26, 2018 06:56 UTC
The authors say the formation last August of the “HPV Vaccination Alliance” – a group of more than 35 organisations working in health, women’s rights, child welfare, and wider civil society “that are committed to raising awareness of HPV vaccination” – helped to reverse the trend. Their paper, entitled Rapid Response to the HPV Vaccination Crisis in Ireland, also says the programme benefited from a targeted media and social media strategy. “In 2017-18, a media campaign was launched featuring vaccinated girls, which was strongly supported by the HPV Vaccination Alliance and senior politicians. “This decline in vaccine uptake was due to parental concerns about vaccine safety that were spread by lobby groups established in 2015,” they conclude. Focus groups on parental attitudes to HPV vaccination were held and they intensified their analysis of and activity on social media.
May 26, 2018 04:52 UTC
Taking on two tech Goliaths at once, Schrems’s weapon of choice is Europe’s new data protection regulation (GDPR). The four complaints filed on Friday use GDPR to challenge these data collection policies and their take-it-or-leave-it approach to consent. Bundling necessary data collection with profitable extra data collection is illegal. This is a crucial legal test of many new principles of GDPR – including informed consent, and proportionate data collection – and of the State’s role as a big tech hub. The Schrems complaints – likely to play out again in the High Court – suggest she’ll need every euro she can get.
May 26, 2018 04:00 UTC
Half a century after the first electricity pole was erected in a field at Kilsallaghan, Co Dublin in 1946, three of the original crew got together for a celebratory re-enactment. Our photo shows PJ Dowling (92) taking notes as Tom Cowley (75) and Paddy O’Reilly (72) struggle against the combined forces of gravity and a recalcitrant-looking pole. The perky angle at which the shovel is perched in the topsoil, as opposed to the narrower angle at which the men are holding the pole, serves to emphasise that raising a utility pole is no easy task. These and other ‘Irish Times’ images can be purchased from: irishtimes.com/photosales. A book, ‘The Times We Lived In’, with more than 100 photographs and commentary by Arminta Wallace, published by Irish Times Books, is available from irishtimes.com and from bookshops, priced at €19.99
May 26, 2018 03:56 UTC
Those outrageous and woman-hating posters will be gone from our lampposts and telegraph poles and from billboards in bogs, villages and cities. “They told us to cherish all the children of the nation equally – vote No,” it instructed. Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald was one of the most persuasive contributors to the repeal side. In 1985 feminists managed to get a motion on a woman’s right to choose abortion through the party’s ardfheis. At a meeting held by anti-repeal activists in Sligo earlier this year, I heard Smyth claim that there were English hospitals which were heated by the burning bodies of Irish babies.
May 26, 2018 00:01 UTC
Charlie Gallagher (27) was prepared to jeopardise a US visa application to return to Ireland from London and vote in the referendum. “I know I’m going to come back to Dublin eventually, I’m working away now and I’m going to New York but I will come back and hopefully have kids here and things like that so it’s massively important that this is repealed. Tess McCann (26), a PhD candidate studying in Edinburgh, travelled home on Thursday to vote in the referendum with her sister Lia (24), a recently qualified doctor. I told Lia that I was going to come back and she said, ‘Let’s go together’. We can’t think that we can be an equal society with this [Eighth Amendment] in place.”Michael Barton (24), an international relations student at Cambridge University, was also among those who travelled home to vote Yes.
May 26, 2018 00:00 UTC
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The public should know the official result of the Eighth Amendment referendum this afternoon after a strong turnout in the historic vote. From early morning yesterday, polling stations across the country experienced brisk and better than usual turnout as the nation cast their votes on the referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment. This compared to 13.3% at the same time of day for the general election in 2016, which is unusual for a referendum. With two hours still to go in voting, returning officers had recorded 51% turnout in Cork East, 54% Cork North-West and 50% Cork South-West. While the vast majority of people voted yesterday, those living on some of the islands off the coast voted on Thursday.
Cruise and angling operators along the Blackwater in east Cork yesterday claimed that they are losing business while a recently-installed €350,000 harbour pontoon remains closed. The facility was installed at Nealon’s Quay in Youghal last month but the gangway to the platform has since remained locked. The family had pre-booked on foot of an advertisement in an east Cork tourism brochure launched earlier in the week, attended by Cork County Council personnel. Cork County Council yesterday said: “Youghal Pontoon is with the contractor for minor changes which will take approximately two weeks, after which time it will be under the control of East Cork Municipal District and ready for use. “The pontoon will comply with current access requirements for wheelchair users.”
The not-for-profit Fota Wildlife Park opened its gates in 1983 with the core values of conservation, research, and entertainment, and it is the latter that will be to the fore for the celebrations. These fun weekends will held in the main marquee from noon to 4pm daily. Bikram Yoga Cork will run classes on four Sundays in July and August which are suitable for all ages. The classes are, like other events, are included in the entry price, but booking is essential. For a full list of events, visit the Fota website.
Cork County Council is to carry out an economic impact study in an effort to persuade government departments of the value of replacing a collapsing weir on the River Blackwater in Co Cork. Councillors believe that if the weir is not replaced then valuable tourism revenue, especially from coarse and game fishing, will be lost to the Fermoy area and it could also have an impact on water sports. Councillors held a special meeting to explore the best affordable option to bring the weir back to its former glory. Mr Fogarty said the weir will have to be completely replaced and not just patched up in certain places. Cllr Frank O’Flynn said the town benefits significantly from fishing tourism and this could be lost if the weir is not replaced.
As someone who travels a bit you’d imagine my passport and I would be inseparable. As I arrived into Aldergrove airport with an English-accented taxi man weeping into my ear because his Falls Road wife wanted a divorce, I realised – horror of horrors – I had left my passport in Dublin. The girl had forgotten her passport but insisted her boyfriend go on without her and she would follow. you’d leave me here like that.”Both went back to get her passport. Knowing no one in Belfast then and as it was very late, I “slept” on a bench at the airport.
May 26, 2018 00:00 UTC
Morale is evidently at an historic low in Cork football, apathy historically high. I know seriously passionate Cork football people and even they are at a low ebb at this stage. Get teenagers to play, play, play. I don’t think it was ever likely, but a coach with his track record and pedigree would make this current Cork squad 10% better. The apathy and negativity surrounding Cork football?
Victims of rape and sexual assault can go to any of the country’s six sexual assault treatment units without reporting the incident to the gardaí, a major GP conference has heard. Dr Cochrane, who works in the sexual assault treatment unit in the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, said many victims of rape and sexual assault delay reporting the crime by a year or more: “Sometimes there can be delayed reporting by more than a year and sometimes by a number of years. The unit will contact the person after 12 months to ask whether or not the evidence should be disposed of. She was also anxious to clarify that doctors can provide contraception to sexually active teenagers in the absence of a parent or guardian. The visit rate of under-sixes has increased to 28%, well ahead of the 3.3% increase anticipated by the HSE.
There is a long tradition in the church of talking about the Trinity in terms of relationships and processions. Nevertheless, the communitarian aspect of the Trinity could and should be a great source of inspiration and encouragement to us. The Trinity, indeed, everything to do with the Christian faith is deeply centred on community, people living in harmony, respect and love with one another. The Trinity is about perfect harmony being realised in unity. Let the wonder of the Trinity impress us in our search for unity and accord in a world so often frightened and broken by disunity and discord.
May 25, 2018 23:02 UTC