Today’s top 5: Calls for Dáil recall; a record breaking Australian party
Opposition parties want Dáil recalled to discuss Dáil privilege and public interest
LISTEN: Catherine Murphy raised issues under privilege yesterday
Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin are seeking an early recall of the Dáil to discuss the issue of Dáil privilege and public interest.
It follows new claims about businessman Denis O’Brien’s banking arrangements with IBRC
The claims were made under Dáil privilege yesterday by Independent TD Catherine Murphy, but cannot be reported because the matter is the subject of a High Court injunction.
Mary-Lou McDonald wants the Taoiseach to recall the Dail to discuss Constitutional questions about Dail privilege – and to establish a proper investigation of the Siteserv deal and other transactions involving the IBRC and Denis O’Brien.
Referendum result makes Irish worse than pagans, says senior Vatican cardinal
Cardinal Raymond Burke was speaking at Oxford University
A leading Catholic Church Cardinal has said Ireland is worse than pagans for legalising same-sex marriage.
Cardinal Raymond Burke, of the United States, told the Newman Society at Oxford University’s Catholic Society, that the Yes vote in last weekend’s referendum was: “a defiance of God.”
“It’s just incredible,” he said, according to The Tablet. “Pagans may have tolerated homosexual behaviours, they never dared say this was marriage.”
A female referee will make GAA history this weekend
Maggie Farrelly from Cavan will become the first female referee to ref an inter-county championship game
Cavan referee Maggie Farrelly is to make a historic appearance on Sunday when she becomes the first female referee to referee a championship match, when she officiates in the minor game between Fermanagh and Antrim at Brewster park.
Agreement reached in pay talks
LISTEN: Brendan Howlin welcomes agreement
There has been a successful conclusion to talks on public sector pay which will see most public servants having their pay restored by around €2000.
This will happen over three phases between January of next year and September of 2017.
The pay restoration will be achieved through a combination of adjustments to the public service pension levy and a partial reversal of the 2010 public service pay cuts.
Australian family spends €35000 on birthday party for three-year-old daughter
They hope to up the ante every year when marking their daughter’s birthday
While most three-year-olds are unlikely to even remember their birthday party, one family in Perth has pushed the boat out for their toddler’s bash to the tune of €35,000. Lauren Lembo’s Disney-themed birthday party is now making international headlines, and her parents, Eric Lembo and Trang Nguyen, maintain it was money well spent.