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Calling someone ‘fatty’ a hate crime, say UK MPs via @independent_ie

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Calling someone ‘fatty’ a hate crime, say UK MPs via @independent_ie.

British MPs have suggested that calling someone “fatty” or “obese” should be considered a hate crime on a par with racism or homophobia.

Generations of children have traded banter about body weight in the schoolyard and Enid Blyton even named one of her characters “Fatty” in her ‘Five Find-Outers’ series.

Under the Equalities Act 2010, it is illegal to harass, victimise or discriminate against anyone on the basis of a number of “protected” characteristics, such as race, gender, age, sexual orientation or disability.

DCU included in ranking of world’s top 50 new universities

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DCU included in ranking of world’s top 50 new universities.

IN A boost to the stature of higher education in Ireland, Dublin City University has been ranked among the world’s top 50 new universities.

DCU is the only Irish university featured in the prestigious QS World University Rankings of colleges less than 50 years old. Established as a university in 1989, DCU, formerly the National Institute of Higher Education, is ranked 46th.

“Africa – a Place Where You Will Make Money, Not Lose Money” – IPS ipsnews.net

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“Africa – a Place Where You Will Make Money, Not Lose Money” – IPS ipsnews.net.

If African countries continued to rely on external funding, they would be turned into “choice-less democracies”, he warned, because dependency on foreign aid means that political and economic agendas are partially set overseas.

Recovery is fragile and this is not the time to take risks

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Recovery is fragile and this is not the time to take risks.

THE IRISH people have been through a lot. And the reality is the country still has a long way to go on the road to recovery.

But now is a time when we need to be sure of the next steps we take as a nation. After weeks of arguments and counter-arguments, and the delivery of more information than ever before, the decision on the stability treaty is now in your hands. This is your choice and no one else’s and I am urging everybody to participate in making this decision.

I am asking the Irish people to see this decision as a positive step. To draw on the spirit with which we have together started our recovery over the last couple of years…

We won’t get back on our feet without debt writedowns | Irish Examiner

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We won’t get back on our feet without debt writedowns | Irish Examiner.

For Ireland to recover from ‘horrendous’ debt problems, a significant proportion must be written down, writes Fine Gael TD Peter Mathews

A YES vote on May 31 will guarantee Ireland access to European bailout funding. It will also reassure multinational companies that the country is not on the verge of a funding crisis.

Catholic Church goes to war with Obama over birth control via @independent_ie

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Catholic Church goes to war with Obama over birth control via @independent_ie.

THE Roman Catholic Church in the US has mounted a huge legal assault against President Barack Obama and his health reforms which require most American employers to buy contraception for their staff.

Dozens of the church’s largest archdioceses, universities and other affiliated groups sued the Obama administration this week, in one of the largest religious lawsuits in US history. They argue that the government is violating the religious freedom of bosses whose faith forbids them from using or approving of birth control…

Charities Act deferred over cost

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Charities Act deferred over cost.

LEGISLATION THAT would require charities to make their financial information public has been deferred for cost reasons, Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has confirmed.

The Charities Act, providing for the regulation and supervision of the charitable sector, was passed in 2009 but has not been enacted in full. Mr Shatter said the prospect of full implementation was examined in the context of last year’s comprehensive review of expenditure.

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