RTE turns spotlight on how political Ireland cleared the way for abortion

Thousands of pre-born since put to death

Sligo News File

RTE will tonight broadcast a documentary showing how Irish society was influenced to vote for the introduction of abortion, a measure that has since resulted in the killing of thousands of unborn babies.

It’s reckoned that upwards of 8,000 innocents have been put down in the relatively short period since abortion was legalised in Ireland.

A strong body of members in Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, Sinn Fein, the Greens and a mass of other political activists and voluntary bodies mobilised to encourage the people to remove constitutional protection for babies before birth.

A sweeping level of funding is believed to have poured in from foreign interests, some determined to see Catholic Ireland turned into a hardened eradicator of unborn human life.

While broadcasting and other media have meanwhile being directing fire over alleged shortcomings of the Catholic Church, the destruction of Irish citizens in abortions continues with little attention to the tragedy

What does this say of the country’s values and regard for humankind in the womb?  

Tonight’s RTE programme rolls out after the news, at 9.30



Sligo Road Closures

Closures are necessary to facilitate arrangements for Fleadhfest 2021
Sligo News File

The Lungy will be closed from its junction with Temple Street to its junction with Church Street to all vehicular traffic on the following dates:

· Tomorrow, Thursday 29th July from 08:00 to 17:00

· Sunday 1st August and Monday 2nd August 2021

· Thursday 5th August through to Sunday 8th August 2021 (inclusive)

These closures are necessary to facilitate arrangements for Fleadhfest 2021.

Diversions for northbound traffic will be via Temple Street. Connolly Street, High Street, West Gardens and Church Street.

Diversions for southbound traffic will be via Church Street, Dominic Street and the Market Yard.The Lungy will be closed from its junction with Temple Street to its junction with Church Street to all vehicular traffic on the following dates:

· Tomorrow, Thursday 29th July from 08:00 to 17:00

· Sunday 1st August and Monday 2nd August 2021

· Thursday 5th August through to Sunday 8th August 2021 (inclusive)
The Lungy – Road Closure Thursday 29th July

The Lungy will be closed from its junction with Temple Street to its junction with Church Street to all vehicular traffic on the following dates:

· Tomorrow, Thursday 29th July from 08:00 to 17:00

· Sunday 1st August and Monday 2nd August 2021

· Thursday 5th August through to Sunday 8th August 2021 (inclusive)

These closures are necessary to facilitate arrangements for Fleadhfest 2021.

Diversions for northbound traffic will be via Temple Street. Connolly Street, High Street, West Gardens and Church Street.

Diversions for southbound traffic will be via Church Street, Dominic Street and the Market Yard.

These closures are necessary to facilitate arrangements for Fleadhfest 2021.

Diversions for northbound traffic will be via Temple Street. Connolly Street, High Street, West Gardens and Church Street.

Diversions for southbound traffic will be via Church Street, Dominic Street and the Market Yard.

Abortion- Archbishop responds to US House Speaker Pelosi

‘No one can claim to be devout Catholic and condone killing of innoicent life’

An archbishop has reportedly responded following an apparent observation by US Speaker of the House of representatives Nancy Pelosi that she is a devout Catholic who supports abortion.

Epoch Times quotes San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone as saying: “Let me repeat: no one can claim to be a devout Catholic and condone the killing of innocent human life, let alone have the government pay for it. The right to life is a fundamental—the most fundamental—human right, and Catholics do not oppose fundamental human rights.”

Cordileone, archbishop of Pelosi’s home diocese, is also quoted in other media as saying: “Our land is soaked with the blood of the innocent, and it must stop.”



‘Existing mechanisms are not delivering fairness for beef farmers’

Sligo News File

Edmund Graham, chairman ICSA Beef Committee

ICSA Beef chair Edmund Graham has said the Beef Taskforce must be wound down and the priority now must be the establishment of a strong beef regulator. “Over the course of the Beef Taskforce it became abundantly clear to ICSA that the position of the primary producer was not being strengthened in any significant way. Existing mechanisms are not delivering fairness for beef farmers, and the only way to level the playing field is with a regulator who is equipped with all the necessary powers and resources,” he said.

“We have seen that Grant Thornton were unable to deliver transparency around the price composition of the total value of an animal – including the fifth quarter – along the supply chain. Indeed, it proved to be an impossible task as they simply could not get their hands on the required data. Neither processor nor retailer were compelled to co-operate, and therein lies the difficulty. They must not be allowed to shirk their responsibly towards their suppliers any longer.

“Competition laws have also proven to be of little value. It has become evident with our discussions with the CCPC that a finer instrument than competition law is required when it comes to the beef sector. That instrument must be a regulator – who is knowledgeable about the sector, properly resourced and armed with clear investigative powers. They must have the ability to forensically audit the books, and all of this must be backed by robust legislation.

“It has never been more apparent that such legislation is both necessary and urgent. The duty is now upon Minister McConalogue to ensure such legislation can in fact establish transparency in the beef sector once and for all, in a way that the Taskforce and Grant Thornton could not.

“While we believe the Beef Taskforce has now reached the end of its natural life, it must not mark the end of dialogue, particularly when it comes to implementing outstanding agreements – most notably the installation of weigh bridges to facilitate live weights at factories. ICSA is proposing a mechanism whereby the minister chairs discussions between the farming organisations and the factory bosses on a regular basis with a view to delivering consistent fair play for farmers and a better future for beef farmers.”

Israeli Prime Minister warning Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine ‘significantly less effective’ against Delta variant – report

Worrying upward spiral of Covid-19 cases in Ireland

Sligo News File  

Epoch Times is reporting Israel’s top officials as warning that the Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine is ‘significently less’ effective at combating the ‘Delta variant’ of the CCP virus.

The news service quotes Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett as saying: “We do not know exactly to what degree the vaccine helps, but it is significantly less.”

It states that for months Israel has relied heavily on administering Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, which uses mRNA technology, and that according to officials, more than 5.7 million Israelis have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Meanwhile, cases of the virus are on an alarmingly upward spiral in Ireland where the Department of Health has confirmed that there have been 1,179 new cases over the past day.

More than ninety people are hospitalised with the disease, with twenty-two in ICU.

Despite the growing threat, the government has approved the easing of restrictions across hospitality and travel sectors. Thousands are flocking to beaches throughout the State.

There are fears cases of the virus could rocket to thousands of outbreaks daily.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said at the weekend that the Government was very concerned about the transmissibility of the Delta variant and is also said to have predicted a high volume of cases.


Call for new law to stamp out dog attacks on livestock

Current legislation in Scotland provides for tens of thousands of pounds in fines

 Sligo News File

Sean McNamara, Chairman, ICSA Sheep Sector Committee

ICSA sheep chair Sean McNamara has called for tougher livestock protection legislation to be introduced to combat the on-going scourge of dog attacks. “New legislation in Scotland provides for fines of up to stg£40,000. It also provides additional powers to investigate and enforce the offence of livestock worrying, which is precisely what is now needed in this country,” he said.

“This week I witnessed the aftermath of a particularly distressing incident involving cattle who fled into a bog to escape from a number of marauding dogs. These cattle became trapped in the bog water and despite the best efforts of everyone involved, not all of them could be saved. The whole episode has had a devastating impact on the farmer concerned, and all because the dog owners involved were too complacent about where their dogs were and what they were doing.

“We see year after year the problem is not going away. Campaigns aimed at raising the awareness of the need to control dogs around livestock are proving woefully inadequate. We also have a range of slap on the wrist type penalties which certainly do not act as any deterrent. It is time for our legislators to get tougher on this issue and set about legislating for the sort of fines that are commensurate with the amount of needless damage being done.”

Thousands of foreign nationals in Irish Direct Provision

More than 100 nationalities being provided with accommodation

Sligo News File

Barry Cowen TD, Fianna Fail

More than 6,000 persons of foreign nationality are currently resident in Irish direct provision, Minister for Children, Integration and Youth has confirmed in reply to a parliamentary question submitted by Fianna Fail Deputy Barry Cowen.

He told Deputy Cowen that as of Wednesday 7 July 2021 there were 6,445 persons staying in accommodation offered by the International Protection Accommodation Service of his Department.

This figure is included as a total made up of persons from 55 countries, he said, adding that there are people from 105 nationalities being provided with IPAS accommodation in Ireland

Nationality Total
Afghanistan 211
Albania 434
Algeria 209
Angola 30
Bangladesh 164
Bolivia 34
Botswana 44
Brazil 23
Burundi 12
Cameroon 55
Congo, The Democratic Republic Of The 216
Egypt 19
El Salvador 35
Eritrea 17
Ethiopia 28
Georgia 475
Ghana 91
Guatemala 16
Guinea 10
India 59
Iran (Islamic Republic Of) 29
Iraq 67
Jordan 10
Kenya 34
Kosovo/UNSCR 1244 31
Kuwait 10
Lebanon 10
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya 15
Malawi 182
Malaysia 11
Mauritius 33
Morocco 66
Nepal 12
Nigeria 1071
Pakistan 438
Palestinian Territory, Occupied 33
Russian Federation 17
Sierra Leone 54
Somalia 287
South Africa 534
Sri Lanka 11
Sudan 55
Swaziland 23
Syrian Arab Republic 48
Tanzania, United Republic Of 14
Togo 29
Uganda 35
United States Of America 17
Zambia 15
Zimbabwe 874
Others including unknown countries 198
Total 6445

Gender Breakdown of residents

Male 57.97% 3736
Female 42.02% 2708
Not Specified 0.01% 1
Total 100% 6445

Age Breakdown

Age (Years) Number of Residents Percentage of Residents
0-4 551 8.55%
5-12 827 12.83%
13-17 340 5.28%
18-24 656 10.18%
25-34 1659 25.74%
35-44 1636 25.38%
45-54 584 9.06%
55-64 136 2.11%
65+ 55 0.85%
Unknown 1 0.02%
Total 6445 100.00%


Addiction treatment for gambling

Figures for 2020 have not been published

Sligo News File

Replying to a question on gambling addiction, a minister off state said the latest available figures produced by the HSE show the following number of cases (not split by age group or gender) where people presented with problem gambling for 2017/ 2018 AND 2019:

2017 2018 2019
Assessed only (not treated) 54 37 41
Treated 219 217 224

Information on gambling treatment for 2020 has not been published.


Increase in Sligo, Leitrim Donegal and Mayo homecare hours

Department of Health developing new statutory scheme for the financing and regulation of homecare services

Sligo News File

A minister of state at the Department of Health has told a local TD that the HSE has provided almost 338,000 hours of homecare support in Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal, an increase of 48,000 hours compared with March 2020. At the time there were 3,111 people in receipt of the hours and 131 were still waiting for approval.

Responding to a question from Rose Conway Walsh TD, the minister said over 160,000 hours were provided in Mayo which represented an increase of about 15,800 hours compared to the same period in 2020.  There were 2,070 people in receipt of home support hours and there were 50 people waiting for approval of funding for new or additional service.  

The minister said that enabling people with care-needs to continue to live independently at home for as long as possible is a priority for the Government. To advance this, she added, “the Government is committed to establishing a new, statutory scheme for the financing and regulation of home-support services, which the Department of Health is currently developing.”


New alloy could be way to recycle CO2

7 JUL, 2021

By Brandi Jefferson-Wustl

A two-dimensional alloy material made from five metals acts as an excellent catalyst for reducing CO2 into CO, research indicates.

The research, from the lab of Rohan Mishra, assistant professor in the department of mechanical engineering and materials science at the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, appears in the journal Advanced Materials.

“We’re looking at transforming carbon dioxide, which is a greenhouse gas, into carbon monoxide,” Mishra says. “Carbon monoxide can be combined with hydrogen to make methanol. It could be a way to take CO2 from the air and recycle it back into a hydrocarbon.”

The basis of this innovation is a class of materials known as transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs)—they include transition metals and a chalcogen, which includes sulfur, selenium, and tellurium. When an alloy contains more than three metals at near equal ratios, it’s said to be “high entropy.” Hence the wordy name of the material developed in Mishra’s lab: high-entropy transition metal dichalcogenides.

Alloy combinations

TMDCs are not new. There has been interest in similar two-dimensional forms of these materials due to their unique optical and electronic properties, Mishra says. But he had a suspicion they could be used for something else.

“We’ve been looking at these, too, but exploring their potential for electrocatalysis,” acting as a catalyst to facilitate chemical reactions. As they are effectively two-dimensional (about three atoms thick), they make for efficient catalysts; reactions occur on the surface of a material, and a two-dimensional material has a lot of surface area, and not much else. In an earlier study, also in the journal Advanced Materials in 2020, the group had shown that two-metal TMDC alloys showed improved catalytic activity over individual TMDCs. “This led us to the question, can adding more metals to these alloys make even better catalysts?” Mishra says.

With 10 applicable transition metals and three chalcogens, there are 135 two-metal and 756 five-metal possible TMDC alloys. However, just like oil and water, not all combinations will mix together to form a homogenous alloy.

“Without guidance from computations, experimentally determining which elemental combinations will give an alloy becomes a trial-and-error process that is also time consuming and expensive,” Mishra explains.

The alchemist in this case was John Cavin, a graduate student in Washington University’s physics department.

In the previous work, Cavin had shown which two transition metals can be combined, and at what temperatures, to form binary TMDCs alloys.

“The question was, ‘Could we even synthesize a TMDC alloy that had that many components?’” Cavin says. “And will they improve the reduction of CO2 into CO?”

Which will catalyze CO2?

To find out, Cavin used quantum mechanical calculations to predict which combinations were most likely to improve the material’s ability to catalyze CO2. Then he had to go further to determine if the material would be stable, but had no tools to do so. So, he developed one himself.

“I had to develop a thermodynamic model for predicting stable high-entropy TMDC alloys from the quantum mechanical calculations,” Cavin says. These calculations involved considerable supercomputing resources, which the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment network made available.

After years of development, the resulting analysis was sent to experimental collaborators at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

“At UIC, they could synthesize the materials that we predicted would form a high-entropy TMDC alloy,” Mishra says. “Furthermore, one of them showed exceptional activity.”

They may have other uses, too. UIC synthesized three of the four different TMDC alloys and will continue to analyze them.

“These are new materials, they have never before been synthesized,” Mishra says. “They may have unanticipated properties.”

The work stems from a DMREF grant from the National Science Foundation as part of the Materials Genome Initiative that President Barack Obama launched in 2011 to create policy, resources, and infrastructure that support US institutions to discover, manufacture, and deploy advanced materials efficiently and cost-effectively. The NSF provided support for the current work.

Source: Washington University in St. Louis

This article appeared on the Futurity website at


Marts best option while cattle are scarce

Prices better than quoted at factory level

Sligo News File

Edmund Graham, chairman ICSA Beef Committee

ICSA beef chair Edmund Graham has encouraged farmers to use the mart system to pursue the best cattle prices while supplies remain tight. “It’s important to know what your animals are worth no matter where you sell them but looking at the trade over the last few weeks it appears that mart prices are beyond those quoted at factory level. It is also worth noting that out of spec cattle are achieving just as much as in-spec cattle in the marts.”

Mr Graham said while factory agents are doing their best to keep cattle out of the marts there is no harm in letting them compete for stock in the open market. “With cattle as scarce as they are, the opportunity is there for farmers to chase a decent price through whatever means possible. Upwards of €2.50/kg live weight has been achieved regardless of spec – with northern buyers helping to keep the trade buoyant also. The marts should remain a good option for the coming weeks at least, and particularly so if you happen to be facing quality assurance penalties in the factories.”

EU leaders in a lather over Hungary’s new child protection law

Ban on promotion of homosexuality to children under 18

Sligo News File

Hostilities have broken out over child protection legislation enacted by EU member state Hungary

With 157 votes in favour and just one against, the Hungarian parliament elected to ban the sharing of content that is considered to promote homosexuality to children and teenagers of the country’s population. The law, which gives primary responsibility concerning sex education of children to parents, specifies that pornography and content that depicts sexuality for its own purposes or that promotes deviation from gender identity, gender reassignment and homosexuality shall not be made available to persons under the age of eighteen.”

However, ministers of several other EU states have denounced the new measure as a suppression of LGBT+ rights and a step backwards for what they deem to be equality.

Ireland’s Minister for children O’Gorman has reportedly described the law as “homophobia dressed up as a child protection measure.”

 Reported by the BBC, Dutch Prime Minister Rutte is said to have stated in the wake of the new Hungarian legislation that Hungary “has no business being in the European Union anymore,” and “the long-term aim is to bring Hungary to its knees on this issue.”

Thirteen  EU countries have issued a joint statement expressing “grave concern” about the new law.

The EU parliament has also voiced disapproval, urging the Commission to activate a new provision which allows the EU to cut budget allocations to states in breach of EU law to compel the Hungarian government to reverse its decision.

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has said action will be launched against Hungary.

But defending the new controls, a spokesman for the Hungarian government said: “There are contents which children under a certain age can misunderstand and which may have a detrimental effect on their development at the given age, or which children simply cannot process, and which could therefore confuse their developing moral values or their image of themselves or the world.”

Children’s TV shows which feature gay characters or LGBT+ themes are banned under the law as is the showing of advertisements in support of the LGBT+, if directed towards minors under 18.

It is also stipulated that only individuals and bodies listed in a government register can now conduct sex education classes in the country’s schools.

The Hungarian government is understood to have accused political leaders critical of the newly introduced laws of “grave disrespect” towards the central European country. The law was drafted, it said, to protect children and applied to Hungarians and not other EU Member States. 

The rebuke is also reported to have reminded critics that “Hungary is a free, sovereign country, which insists on its rights guaranteed in the EU Treaties; therefore, neither the Commission nor any other European body can dictate how Hungarian parents raise their children.”

 Hungary’s constitution defines family as “based on marriage and the parent-child relation. The mother is a woman, the father a man.”

The constitution states that it “defends the right of children to identify with their birth gender and ensures their upbringing based on our nation’s constitutional identity and values based on our Christian culture.” Gay marriage is not allowed.

In general, only a man and a woman who are married can adopt a child.  

Dublin Bay South by-election seat goes Left

Calamitous result for Fianna Fail

Sligo News File

Barry Cowen TD, Fianna Fail

Dublin Bay South by-election is over. Someone on the left named Bacik has taken the seat. Fianna Fail is in state of shock after a nightmare result, taking just 5% of the votes. Agriculture Minister for a short spell, Barry Cowen is demanding a postmortem into the party’s abysmal showing.  Greens fared badly.

Red faced Fine Gael is trying to explain how a major loss is actually a success for them – former TD Kate O’Connell ruled herself out as a candidate for the party. Sinn Fein claim they have done well. Anyway, it’s what party leader Mary Lou is saying.

Justin Barrett of the National Party picked up some votes following his focus on the capital’s massive housing crisis. Party deputy leader and Longford man James Reynolds – no stranger to the North West – put it bluntly saying: ‘We cannot as a nation be expected to house the world before our own people.’

Turnout barely touched the 40%. Evidently, the election didn’t hold much interest for the people of the constituency as a whole.      

Dail told solicitor allegedly asked to remove her underwear during prison visit to meet client

‘Bra set off metal detector’

Sligo News File

Mary Lou McDonald, TD, Leader, Sinn Fein

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald referred in the Dail to what she said was “a really shocking report” in the Irish Examiner which stated that a female solicitor had made a complaint to the prison service after a male officer at Clover Hill allegedly instructed her “to remove her underwear” if she wanted to visit her client at the prison “because the underwire in her bra had set off the metal detector.”

She said: “The woman concerned has described how she felt extremely vulnerable and targeted as a woman, and how she felt humiliated to have her dignity so casually taken from her. So many things are wrong with this incident and, indeed, the Irish Prison Service’s response to it.

“In my view, this is not just a run-of-the-mill complaint to be dealt with solely within normal procedures. It warrants a wider, and very full, review of prison culture and practices to ensure this type of degrading treatment of any woman never happens again.”

It was also reported, she added, “that the woman in question later discovered a male colleague had previously visited the same client and despite the male colleague setting off the alarm three times, he was able to visit his client without any similar request being made of him.”