The derby match between the two top teams in the German Handball League, Fuchse Berlin and THW Kiel, finished surprisingly with a victory for the team from the capital, 26:23 (14:11). Man of the Match was the goalkeeper of the winning team, Silvio Heinevetter with 19 saves in an outstanding cooperation with the defence in front of 9000 spectators. Best scorer was Nincevic (7) for Berlin and fantastic Jicha on the other side with 13 goals.Füchse Berlin: Heinevetter (1.-60., 18/1 saves), Stochl (n.e.); Löffler (n.e.), Vatne (n.e.), Laen (4), Spoljaric (1), Richwien, Wilczynski, Bult, Sellin (2), Jaszka (3), Nincevic (7/2), Petersson (5), Christophersen (4); Trainer: SigurdssonTHW Kiel: Omeyer (1.-60., 19/1 saves), Palicka (n.e.); Lundström (n.e.), Dragicevic, Sprenger, Ahlm (2), Kubes, Reichmann, Zeitz (3), Palmarsson (1), Ilic (2), Klein (2), Jicha (13/2), Fernandez; Trainer: GislasonStanding:1 Füchse Berlin 10:02 SG Flensburg-Handewitt 10:23 THW Kiel 8:24 HSV Hamburg 8:25 Rhein-Neckar Löwen 8:26 Frisch Auf Göppingen 6:27 SC Magdeburg 6:28 VfL Gummersbach 6:29 TV Grosswallstadt 4:210 TBV Lemgo 4:411 TuS N-Lübbecke 2:412 DHC Rheinland 2:613 TSV Hannover-Burgdorf 2:614 TSG Lu.-Friesenheim 1:915 HBW Balingen-Weilstetten 1:916 HSG Wetzlar 0:817 MT Melsungen 0:818 HSG Ahlen-Hamm 0:8 ← Previous Story Portugal (Round 2): Sporting easy and convincingly Next Story → Dinu and Lecusanu back to the National Team
← Previous Story Grzegorz Tkaczyk about “Scandal in Plock: Good news for us Next Story → Diego Simonet to replace Karabatic in Montpellier Injuries didn’t stop Polish champions, who won in Kwidzyn 36:27. The hosts fought as equals only for the first twenty minutes. Due to good play of Grzegorz Tkaczyk, Vive managed to increase the lead to three goals and the result after the first part of the match was 15:18. The second half was a complete domination of the guests. Polish champions gradually increasing advantage and it was known that Vive won’t lose this meeting. Fantastic game played Rastko Stojković, who scored 13 goals throughout the match.Vive Targi Kielce: Losert , Szmal – Jurecki 3, Stojković 13 (3), Bielecki, Lijewski 2, Zorman, Tkaczyk 7, Olafsson 5, Grabarczyk, Musa, Tomczak 4, Jachlewski, Mazur 2 (1)MMTS Kwidzyn: Suchowicz – Mroczkowski 3, Pacześny 1, Daszek, Nogowski 1, Łangowski 2, Orzechowski 1, Peret 6, Adamuszek 5, Górski, Sadowski 5, Seroka 2, Rombel 1.”TEXT: Ida Baran iskrajureckiKielceolafssonszmalvive kielce
Sloga Besiktas 8. 2. Celje 3. Tatran 5. 4. 7. Borac Doboj handballDoboj tournamentPresov handballTatran Presov handball Slovakian Tatran Presov wins traditional 45th TV tournament in Doboj (Bosnia and Herzegovina). EHF CL qualifier beat Slovenian RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko 33:31 (19:18) at the Final match. The third place won French Dunkerque by victory over Bahrain NT 31:24.FINAL PLACEMENT: Vojvodina Bahrain Dunkerque 6. 1. ← Previous Story HC Montpellier wins Handball Master in Grenoble Next Story → Gyor wins PWC Handball Fiesta – Andrea Lekic MVP
Alfred Gislason ← Previous Story Allison Pineau again with injured knee? Next Story → Norwegian media: Erlend Mamelund to replace Jicha in THW Kiel? The Icelandic coach Alfred Gislason is now close to break the record of Zvonimir Serdarusic on THW Kiel’s bench (1993-2008)! The best German team announced the new deal extension with the coach who won two EHF Champions League with the “Zebras” in 2010 and 2012, and much more in the domestic Championship (six titles) and Cup (four trophies).Gislason will stay in the city on the Baltic coast until 2019. His previous contract was expiring in 2017.He won the first EHF CL trophy with SC Magdeburg in 2002.Club announced that season’s budget will stay around 9.5 million EUR.
← Previous Story Dagur Sigurdsson positive about PHL project: That could be a revolution… Next Story → New coach in Tunisia – Zouabi to replace suspended Nouet Italian handballJunior Fasano Junior Fasano win Italian Cup 2016! They beat Bozen 29:28 (15:13) in the final match of Cup Final8 played in Pressano. The first stars in the winning team was De Santis with nine goals ahead of Alves Leal who netted one less.Junior Fasano Bozen 29-28 (15-13)Junior Fasano: Fovio, Cedro, Messina 3, De Santis L. 9, De Santis P. 2, Maione 3, Rubino 2, Riccobelli 2, Alves Leal 8, Marino, Pignatelli, Arcieri, Angiolini, Pesci. All: Francesco AnconaBozen: Volarevic, Dallago 4, Waldner, Coslovich, Starcevic 5, Kammerer, Wiedenhofer, Psenner, Radovcic 4, Sporcic 3, Gaeta 2, Pircher, Innerebner 3, Turkovic 7. All: Ljubo FlegoTwelwe teams from 27 which are playing in Italian League, will fight for the title in Play-Off.PHOTO: pallamanoitalia.it
A WOMAN HAS died following a single vehicle crash in Co Louth late last night.The 25-year-old was fatally injured when her car left the road at Dunmahon, Dundalk, and crashed in a field sometime before 11pm. The woman, who was alone in the car, was pronounced dead at the scene.A post-mortem examination is due to take place today.The road at the scene of the crash is now closed to facilitate an examination of the area by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators.Gardaí are asking anyone who was in the area between 9pm and 11pm on the 3rd October to contact them at Dundalk Garda Station on 042 9388400.
TODAY MARKS THE first ever International Day of the Girl, a 24-hour period set aside to celebrate girls and to highlight, discuss and advance their lives and opportunities across the globe.UNICEF says the day aims to focus the world’s attention on the challenges girls face in achieving their rights. The inaugural day also champions the individuals, organisations and governments working to empower girls.One such group is Plan Ireland which is marking the occasion by calling for quality education for girls to be made an urgent priority in the fight against global poverty.The charity claims the estimated 75 million girls missing from classrooms around the world is a major violation of rights and a “huge waste of young potential”.“It is indefensible that globally so many girls are still denied the right to education,” CEO David Dalton said at the group’s annual report launch today. “This absence from school is not only unjust but is an enormous waste of potential which has a tragic and long-lasting impact upon the lives of so many girls and should no longer be tolerated.”Plan Ireland’s Because I am a Girl campaign, which launches today, hopes to help four million girls living in poverty worldwide, including adolescents who are pushed out of education by child marriage, violence, discrimination and poverty.An educated girl is less vulnerable to violence, less likely to marry and have children while still a child herself and more likely to be literate and healthy in adulthood. For each year a girl stays in school her annual income rises by 20 per cent. She can break a cycle and actually go on to create a virtuous circle where entire communities come out of poverty.As part of its campaign, Plan is recommending a minimum of nine years of schooling for both boys and girls. For this to happen, world leaders would need to make it a priority and funding would have to increase.Sierra Leone teenager Mariama Kamara travelled to Dublin today to help launch the State of the World’s Girls’ report.“When I was 15-year-old, my family arranged a marriage for me without my consent,” she told the audience at the Mansion House this afternoon. “They put a lot of pressure on me to marry but I refused. Because of my involvement with Plan’s Because I am a Girl projects, I understood my rights and knew about the importance of education. Many girls my age and much younger in Sierra Leone must leave school once they are married to take care of the home and to have children. I want to stay in school. To me, an education is the most important thing to have.”As part of today’s celebrations, Plan has broadcast a special TV ad entitled Mass Construction on both TV3 and Sky. Read more from Because I am a Girl>
Newborn babies are very small and fragile but it can be heart-breaking to see the vulnerability of a baby born early.The NICU is a special unit within the hospital, and it is immensely rewarding to see the babies we cared for now thriving as healthy adults and children. FORMER PATIENTS AND their families who spent time in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the Coombe Hospital returned to the hospital today to mark World Prematurity Day 2013.The Gathering of Graduates, sponsored by Friends of the Coombe, gives those who spent time in the NICU the opportunity to reunite with those who looked after them during their difficult first months.Special careOver 9,000 babies are delivered in the hospital every year, with over 1,000 infants admitted to the neonatal special care unit.Babies born before 37 weeks, and in some cases at 24 weeks or even less, are classed as being premature and many require specialised care in the NICU.Affecting numerous families across Ireland, premature birth is a frightening time for all involved, parents in particular, with many babies require lengthy stays in the hospital’s specialised unit.Clinical Nurse Manager and organiser and of the event, Mary O’Connor said: Read: 278 newborn babies’ blood group identified incorrectly due to label error>Read: Ireland is the 20th safest country for newborns and mothers – report>
IT’S 3.39AM ON a weekday. I feel goggle-eyed, light headed and slightly exhausted. However, there is also a sense of relief as I type because yes, my Football Manager challenge is FINALLY over.Before I reveal exactly how everything panned out, here is a list of things I plan on doing now that there is no longer an impending deadline for me to win as many trophies as possible with Brighton — visit friends, catch up on Breaking Bad, stop ordering takeaway and take the time to make some proper food, respond to my girlfriend’s text messages, reacquaint myself with natural light, ring my parents, confirm I am still alive and attempt to explain why they haven’t been able to reach me of late…You see, this was no mere fun frothy series of articles/thinly-veiled advertisements for the latest installment of this infuriatingly addictive game/way of life. No, this was much more serious. As legendary Liverpool boss Bill Shankly once almost said: some people believe Football Manager is a matter of life or death; I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.Hence, if I was going to fulfill my previously stated aim of winning the Champions League with Brighton within a month of starting the game, or even achieve my revised goal of getting the side promoted to the Premier League in that same time span, I was going to have to channel Shankly’s obsessive inner drive. Given that a considerable portion of my time would already be wasted on trivial things like eating, sleeping and earning a living, I resolved to devote almost any spare moments I had towards helping Brighton. Hence, that Breaking Bad box set would have to wait. That disaster left me in sixth position. The team’s fate was still in my hands, but I would need to equal or better the result of Ipswich — the team chasing me in seventh. Typically, my last game almost couldn’t have been any harder — Nottingham Forest were in third and chasing promotion. Could I pull off the possible?Reader, they slaughtered me 4-1.Agonisingly, I thus ultimately missed out on the play-offs on goal difference. The dream was over. I had failed. It was time to return to real life with my tail tucked firmly between my legs. Barely had the post-match press conference finished when I announced my resignation as manager and the subsequent decision to quit Football Manager for good. It was all very depressing. So long childhood/teenage memories, I thought — from now on, I would lead an impeccably mature lifestyle devoid of computer games and other frivolities.On the plus side though, playing the game did give me an excuse to simultaneously get reacquainted with So Solid Crew’s back catalogue and in particular, their excellent number one hit single ’21 Seconds’. Did you know that each rapper on the track raps for precisely 21 seconds? Well, there you go!Football Manager challenge: My backside is on the bacon slicer>How Championship Manager sabotaged my Junior Cert> On the off chance you don’t recall, in my (quite brilliant) last piece, Brighton were six points off the Championship leaders and just over halfway through the season. The sky was the limit having gone unbeaten throughout December, with four wins and two draws securing yours truly the coveted Manager-of-the-Month award.However, everything went awry shortly thereafter. Following a decent January, February was a complete disaster in terms of results. By March, all hope of winning the Championship seemed over, and reaching the Premier League via the playoffs appeared the only remaining viable goal, and even that was looking unlikely. So essentially, I was up Andre Villas-Boas creek without a paddle.Nevertheless, after a five-match winless run created more angst than a new Nirvana double-disc compilation, a considerable degree of soul searching prompted the right response from the players. They all had a real hard look at themselves on that imaginary Monday morning in training, so it was no coincidence that results improved immeasurably thereafter. The key was my decision to allow more scope for player rotation.The previously under-used veteran Spanish right back, Bruno, was handed a rare start. My soulless loan signing, Shane Cummings, who was clearly more interested in picking up his excessive wage packet than slumming it against teams such as Huddersfield and Bournemouth, was unceremoniously benched. And consequently, despite Bruno appearing virtually dead by the end of the game, he delivered an influential display as the team stuffed Blackpool 4-1. With two games remaining, the team were in fifth place amid a congested top half of the table. Brighton’s fate was in my hands. Having just beaten promotion rivals Leicester 2-1 thanks to a late Leonardo ‘Messi-like genius’ Ulloa goal, it appeared that the hard work had been done.All I had to do next was beat Yeovil, who were an average mid-table side; hence I was feeling pretty confident. Prior to the game, all my best players were fit and seemed to be raring to go. So what could go wrong?Everything, as it turned out.The game was essentially Ireland-Liechtenstein all over again. Brighton spurned chance after chance, with the normally reliable and experienced right winger David Lopez missing a first-half penalty. So naturally, in what may well have been their only attack in the entire match, Yeovil nicked a goal early in the second period and somehow managed to hang on. More impressive still was the game that shall be referred to as ‘the comeback of the century’ from this day forth. Finding the side 3-0 down in the second half away to Barnsley, many managers would have given up hope. Nevertheless a change of both central midfielders inspired an astonishing last ten minutes in which three goals were scored and an invaluable point was earned.
“Sometimes you have to go through teams and you have to take them on combatively to earn that right to go outside them. We probably didn’t do that as much as we’d like, but I still think a lot of our moves gave options to go up the middle, we just didn’t execute them very well.“We’ve got to look at ourselves as a team and get those little things right.”The 26-year-old is enjoying a welcome spell in the first team after a nightmare couple of years where injury was never far away. Though plenty of the personnel will change from the side who played in the Heineken Cup, it appears Fitzgerald’s run will continue into Friday’s Pro12 trip to Edinburgh.PanicThe 2009 Lion needs no encouragement to recite off Edinburgh’s recent Pro12 record of three wins in four, but with Leinster top of their Heineken Cup pool and second in the Pro12, he retains a confidence that his side will deliver a performance now that they’ve been brought back down to earth.“There are definitely things to work on, but we don’t have to reinvent the wheel here. I just think we have to focus on the basics and get those right. Hopefully we’ll do that this weekend in what has been a tough place for us.”He added: “Now is especially not the time to panic. We showed the week before what we’re capable of so we just need to get back to those basics.“At times like this you can panic and change everything you’re doing, I think it’s very important that you don’t do that.”NRL coach banned, team handed million-dollar fine for supplement use YESTERDAY MORNING’S TEAM meeting called for a combination of fire and ice to take Leinster past their Heineken Cup home defeat to Northampton.In one meeting; the players, the driving force behind so much of the strong culture within Leinster, asking better of each other.In another; Matt O’Connor remaining calm and reminding the same group that they’re not such a bad bunch after all.If they sound like mixed messages, they shouldn’t. Leinster showed the near peak of their powers at Franklin’s Gardens, but now seem aware that they took an eye off the ball in front of their home crowd a week later.“Drico was saying we probably didn’t earn the right to go wide,” says Luke Fitzgerald of yesterday’s meeting to dissect the 9- 18 defeat to Northampton Saints.
A THREE-YEAR-OLD boy has died after becoming stuck in a lift shaft in a building in Galway city.Emergency services were called to the scene at the Hynes Building on St. Augustine St at about 3pm when they received reports of the child becoming stuck.The child was later pronounced dead at the scene and was removed to University Hospital Galway.An investigation has been launched with the Health and Safety Authority working alongside gardaí.The Hynes Building where the death took place houses the Galway city local social welfare office with the RTÉ regional offices also located in the building.
TÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE has said there’s an understanding among the international community that Ireland is “already heavily committed” to peacekeeping efforts overseas, and he’s played down suggestions that the country could make troops available for a mission aimed at restoring order in the Central African Republic. Several other EU foreign minsters arriving for a meeting in Brussels this morning spoke in favour of the plan to send a rapid deployment force to support French and African forces already on the ground in the impoverished nation.And shortly after midday, AFP reported that ministers had agreed to the mission. Quoting diplomatic sources, the news wire said that around 500 troops would be sent to back up the existing deployment, which is taking place under a UN mandate.UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has warned the country is in “a crisis of epic proportions” and urged the world “to pull CAR back from the brink of further atrocities”.‘Unlikely’Speaking to reporters on his way into today’s meeting in Brussels, Gilmore said it was unlikely that Ireland would participate in that mission “because we are already very heavily committed with UNIFIL in Lebanon and the mission that we sent recently to the Syrian border”. “I think it is understood among other countries that we’re already very heavily committed in our overseas commitments by our Defence Forces.”Some 4,400 African troops and 1,600 French soldiers have been deployed to the CAR to try to restore order in the impoverished country that plunged into chaos and sectarian violence following a March 2013 coup.Ten months of violence have displaced a fifth of the CAR’s population and the sectarian flare-up has killed more than 1,000 people in the past six weeks alone.This article includes reporting from AFP.Read: Fresh fighting in Central African Republic as presidential vote loomsRead: Taliban bomb blast kills 20 soldiers in Pakistan
PAUL GALVIN HAS released a statement on his website regarding the controversial spitting incident that took place in last month’s All-Ireland intermediate club final.Galvin has confirmed that he was ’100%’ spat on during the game where he was in action for his club Finuge.The Kerry outfit lost out to Tyrone’s Cookstown by 1-9 to 0-6 in the Croke Park clash.YouTube footage that came to light last week showed a member of the Tyrone outfit appearing to spit at Galvin while running past him during the game.Tyrone star Owen Mulligan has defended the actions of his club on Twitter and Facebook, while also claiming that they were the victims of ‘sick and vile sectarian abuse’.But Galvin has distanced himself from claims regarding verbal abuse.Here’s his statement in full:“Further to recent YouTube footage and press reports relating to a spitting incident in last months Intermediate club final I would like to 100% confirm for the record that I was spat on during the game.“Furthermore I will utterly and unequivocally distance myself from claims made regarding verbal abuse during the game. That I have to defend myself or clarify my position in this regard is as disappointing as it is wrong.“I will also add that I made no comment or complaint, publicly or privately, at the time of the incident, as when the game finishes it is finished in my view and i have no interest in dragging this matter out.“I am only doing so now as footage of the incident found its way into the public domain and for some reason I have been forced to confirm what I know to have happened.“Finally I would like to congratulate Cookstown on their victory. I have played in 12 All Ireland finals in both codes, winning 8, and this is one All Ireland I can live without.“Tyrone football is full of men I admire greatly, men like Mickey Harte and Peter Canavan, who when I was 16 years old sought me out after a schools game against Cookstown and told me “you ‘ll play for your county one day son.”“Those words inspired me many times growing up. The path that the Kerry/Tyrone rivalry has taken of late disappoints me. Both counties are better than the bitterness and rancour that currently exists.“I will make no further comment on the matter at this point.” Here’s the YouTube footage of the incident that has generated such controversy.Owen Mulligan hits back over alleged spitting on Paul Galvin in club clash
GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI IS ready to move on from his public row with Republic of Ireland defender Stephen Kelly.A month on from the argument which seemed to end Kelly’s international career under the Italian, the Reading man made the 23-man cut for the World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and Austria.Kelly played in yesterday’s defeat to Manchester United and then linked up with his international team-mates in Malahide this morning.Speaking after the squad’s first training session, Trapattoni indicated that the disagreement is behind them.“Stephen is here. I already said that I have no prejudice against anybody,” he said.“When a player is fit and can play, he is here. It is important that he is available.”Trapattoni also defended the relationship between him and his players throughout his managerial career and said that when disagreements arise, it is often agents and player’s representatives who are at fault. I had 200, 300 players in my career — the best players in the most famous teams. I never have a problem with players because I speak always with them.The problem is their agents, because the players speak with their agents and then they speak with you [the media]. That is the problem. With Aiden McGeady and Paul McShane ruled out through injury, Trapattoni last night whittled his squad for Sweden down to 23 and placed six others on standby in case of emergency. Kevin Doyle was a shock omission from the travelling party but the Wolves striker accepted the news when he was contacted, Trapattoni said.“I sent him an SMS and I told him that I wish to try the two or three who are present with us.“I said to Kevin, ‘I know that when I need you, you are ready immediately. In this moment, let me try this.’“We have Sammon, also Long, Cox, Walters and Robbie Keane. Hoolahan can also play behind the striker.“He said it’s no problem. Also the others, when I sent them [messages], no problem.”Trapattoni won’t wing it with Wes in Sweden
TODAY IS THE birthday of Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons and real-life-Comic Book Guy.We salute him.Here, in reverse order, are 14 of the moments that made The Simpsons our entire life for several years. Add your own in the comments…14. Why oranges are like marriageBecause of the skin, and then the juicy innards.YouTube/chriskleafs13. S-E-XC-A-U-L-D-R-O-N.YouTube/jenniferlopez7212. Rainier Wolfcastle’s adventure with gogglesThey do nothing.YouTube/dirtyjezabell11. Ned Flanders and the way he might look at youYouTube/dirtyjezabell10. McBain Tells JokesEighty million dollars of fun.YouTube/huluDotCom9. Life inside a steel millA manly, manly place.YouTube/Hollie Shiu8. Planet of the Apes: The Musical Version“This play has everything” YouTube/Eric Stratten7. Best. Story. Ever.Courtesy of Abe Simpson.YouTube/qwerty302106. Best. Secretary. Ever.“Is it about my cube?”YouTube/cliprepository5. Make-up for the girl on the goThis time, try to keep your nostrils closed.YouTube/TheLaurenGlennon4. What is your first name?Um.YouTube/Jaydaguy3. Ralph learns a hard, hard lessonThat’s unpossible.YouTube/n8dogg692. Sideshow Bob and the way he might step on rakesYouTube/pachecofores1. Monorail!“The ring came off my pudding can / Take my penknife my good man!”YouTube/deadlysyrbWhat have we missed? Let us know in the comments. And a very happy birthday to you, Matt Groening.7 Saved By the Bell moments which will have you craving a reunion>More: 8 of Tyra Banks’ craziest TV moments>
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered a freeze on publishing tenders for new West Bank settler homes to avoid hampering US efforts to renew peace talks, army radio reported on Tuesday.He informed Housing Minister Uri Ariel about the decision several days ago, before his departure for China, the radio said.Ariel, a settler himself, is the number two in Jewish Home, a far-right nationalist religious party which is a fervent advocate of Israeli construction on land seized during the 1967 Six Day War.Neither Netanyahu’s office, nor the housing ministry would comment on the report, which said the premier had gone back on a pre-election pledge to push ahead with thousands of new settler homes if reelected.The decision to build thousands of new settler homes in the West Bank and east Jerusalem was taken as a punitive measure late last year after the Palestinians won upgraded UN status, despite strong opposition from Israel and Washington.It was not immediately clear if the reported freeze also applied to construction in annexed east Jerusalem.The radio said that Netanyahu’s decision was linked to efforts led by US Secretary of State John Kerry to find a way to relaunch negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.Direct peace talks broke off in late September 2010 just weeks after they were launched, following Israel’s refusal to renew a freeze on settlement construction.Since then, the Palestinians have said they will not return to negotiations while Israel continues to build on land they want for a future state.Israel has said it is ready for an immediate resumption of talks, but insists it will only talk if there are no such pre-conditions.- © AFP, 2013Read: Israeli PM visits China after Syria strikesRead: Israel targets shipment of surface-to-air missiles in Syria
This is an issue that as much consensus as possible should be able to be had, because it is an important matter.“I would like to think that we would have the Maternal (Protection of Life) Bill enacted before the House rises,” he continued, “but I can’t honestly be too prescriptive about that because people may want to have their say.”The Irish Government had previously told the Council of Europe that it would have the legislation enacted by the summer break, addressing the shortcomings found in the A, B and C ruling by the European Court of Human Rights.It had also said that the draft ‘Heads of Bill’ would have been published by the end of April – a deadline which will almost certainly now be missed, as the next cabinet meeting is not due until April 30.Kenny suggested that the summer recess could be deferred by a week to ensure that the abortion laws, and other legislation, was enacted before TDs went on their traditional summer recess for August.Read: Ireland tells Europe that ‘X case’ law will be enacted by July LAWS ALLOWING ABORTION to be carried out under certain circumstances in Ireland may not be in place by the summer break, after ministers failed to agree to the draft structure of the legislation yesterday.Enda Kenny said that the Minister for Health, James Reilly, had hoped to have the ‘heads’ of the draft Maternal (Protection of Life) Bill approved by the Cabinet yesterday – but said they had not agreed to the bill, signalling continuing dispute between Fine Gael and Labour ministers.The matter is to be returned to next week’s cabinet meeting.It is reported this morning that Fine Gael and Labour have not yet agreed on the composition of the panel of medical professionals who would have to sign off on any pregnancy being terminated.Though James Reilly has denied that pregnant women will face inquiry by six doctors, the Irish Times reports that Fine Gael ministers are holding out for two separate panels of three doctors to be consulted first – with a 12-member appeals panel dealing with any disputes.Kenny said today he would not comment on the “wild speculation” about the composition of the appeals panel.“This is a matter about saving the life of the mother, and the unborn, our constitution and our law,” Kenny told the Dáil. “It’s important to get it right.”He added:
FOUR BARS THAT were part of the Capital Bar group have been put on the market by receivers.The pubs are among the best-known in the city, and include well-known LGBT community hot spots The George and The Dragon, both located on George’s Street. Both are expected to go for around €3.5 millionDawson Street’s Café en Seine is also up for sale, again with a price tag of €3.5 million, alongside Howl at the Moon on Mount Street, which is expected to fetch €1.5 million.The seller is open to bids for the entire portfolio or on individual bars.
THE TAOISEACH has again insisted he has “absolute confidence” in Alan Shatter, as the Dáil prepares to debate a motion of no confidence in the justice minister.#Shatter’s record was brought under the spotlight again at today’s Leaders’ Questions, when Kenny insisted that Shatter’s use of privileged information – in a TV debate against Mick Wallace two weeks ago – was to undermine Wallace’s argument and not Wallace himself.After Fianna Fáil’s Niall Collins said Shatter had been no more reforming than any other Minister for Justice, Kenny launched into a lengthy litany of proposals brought forward by Shatter since he was appointed 26 months ago.“These innovative and far-reaching proposals… will bring our legal system, our justice system, and all connected with that, into the 21st century,” Kenny had said.Collins accused Kenny of dodging his questions about whether it was possible for a Garda Commissioner to have confidence in Shatter when it was possible that any privileged information could be used in the course of a political argument.“What message do you think it sends out when you have a Minister for Justice in waiting, stopped at a mandatory checkpoint by An Garda Síochána, citing that he is travelling home from Dáil Éireann?” Collins asked.“Do you think that’s appropriate? Because you’re not addressing it, Taoiseach,” he added. “Do you think the use of privileged and confidential information was appropriate?”Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams said it appeared “rather strange” that one TD (Wallace) could get a nod from Gardaí at a traffic light, never exchange words with a Garda, and have the Garda Commissioner informed of their offence – while no record existed of how another TD (Shatter) was stopped at a mandatory checkpoint and spoke to Gardaí.Adams said Shatter’s statement earlier today – when he affirmed that no Garda record existed of his encounter at the checkpoint on Pembroke Street in 2009 – was questionable, given that Gardaí are legally required to keep a log of any mandatory checkpoint they set up.“There’s a difference between Deputy Wallace and Deputy Shatter,” Kenny said, drawing howls from the opposition benches. In the case of Deputy Wallace, that is an offence under the law. Deputy Shatter had committed no offence. The technical group’s Mattie McGrath meanwhile devoted his questions to the conduct of FG’s Jerry Buttimer, the chairman of the Oireachtas Health Committee, over his handling of the hearings on the draft abortion laws.McGrath said Buttimer had told the committee that the heads of the Protection of Life in Pregnancy Bill provided “the framework but not the detail” of the proposed system for governing abortions in Ireland.He had said the next morning, however, that “provision would be made” to allow abortion in some cases, including where the mother’s life was at risk through suicide.As Buttimer (below) looked on in bemusement, McGrath said Buttimer’s affirmation about the contents of the Bill showed he had already disregarded the expert testimony given to his committee.“Ultimately it was wasted breath since the outcome was already predetermined, Taoiseach,” McGrath said.Kenny responded that Buttimer was not in charge of preparing the legislation, and that the purpose of his hearings was to “have a reflection” on the draft proposals as they stood.Kenny insisted that the legislation, when published in its final draft, would uphold the right to life of the unborn and the obligation of doctors to save the lives of both the mother and the unborn child wherever possible.McGrath insisted that the X Case test for a threat to a woman’s life through suicide had been overtaken by medical research showing that abortion could never be prescribed as a treatment to stop a person from feeling suicidal thoughts.He remarked that Buttimer’s handling of the hearings must make him a favourite to be appointed as the new junior agriculture minister, a position which has been vacant since the death of Shane McEntee before Christmas.Buttimer was seen on Oireachtas cameras shaking his head dismissively during McGrath’s comments.Read: Shatter: ‘No garda report generated on breathalyser incident’More: Michael Lowry defends and defriends ‘irritating and brash’ Alan Shatter
Source: http://splash.epa.ie/The results of samples taken today will be made available on Saturday.Warning signs will be displayed at the affected areas “as soon as possible”, according to the statement, and on-duty lifeguards will advise people to stay out of the water.Meanwhile, samples at other beaches found the bathing water quality to be ‘good’ and ‘excellent’.Notices placed recently on the following beaches are now being removed: Balcarrick Beach Donabate, Malahide Beach, Portmarnock Beach, Burrow Beach Sutton, Claremont Beach, Hampton Cove Balbriggan.Earlier: Beach-goers warned not to swim at twelve Dublin beaches > FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL has issued an alert for six bathing areas in Co Dublin following heavy rainfall over the August bank holiday weekend.In a statement this afternoon, the council said test results received today from samples taken on Tuesday have shown poor water quality and bathing is prohibited at these areas until further notice.The beaches affected are:Balbriggan Front BeachSkerries South BeachLoughshinny BeachRush South BeachPortrane Beach (the Burrow)Rush North Beach