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Dublin: 16 °C Sunday 20 May, 2018

The Evening Fix… now with added Pride

Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.

A South Korean soldier breaks stone plates by his arm during an anti-terror drills ahead of the 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games Incheon, which starts from the end of June, in Incheon, west of Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, June 13, 2013. The drills was held against possible terrorists’ attack while the threat of terrorism in various sports games are increasing after Boston Marathon terror. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

HERE ARE THE things we learned, loved and shared today as we round off the day in three easy steps.


#SAVITA: The HSE report into the death of 31-year-old Savita Halapanavar has found that “inadequate assessment and monitoring” was a contributory factor in her death, as well as a “failure to offer all management options” to a patient who was recorded as experiencing “inevitable/impending pregnancy loss”. The report records that Savita and her husband Praveen had requested a medical termination and were told the following: “Under Irish law, if there’s no evidence of risk to the life of the mother, our hands are tied so long as there’s a fetal heart (sic)”.

#RIP: The deaths of three brothers who drowned off the coast of Waterford while fishing yesterday has been described as a “devastating loss for their community. The Bolger brothers – Paul (49), Kenny (47) and Shane (44) – had been out in their 18 foot punt to fish and were headed to Brownstown Head between Tramore Bay and Dunmore East but failed to return by 5pm yesterday. A cousin of the men described their loss as a “savage blow” adding that fishermen are being “pushed to the limits”.

#MCGUINNESS: The Public Accounts Committee has heard claims that elements of the government have sought to undermine it in the controversy over chairman John McGuinness’s time as a government minister. As TDs spent over three-and-a-half hours discussing matters arising out of McGuinness’s time as a junior minister in the previous Finana Fáil government, the Fine Gael TD John Deasy suggested there were “political undertones” to the recent controversies surrounding McGuinness.

#PROPERTY: Lending to businesses is down again, with the most recent Central Bank figures showing that lending to SMEs that are not related to finance or property fell by €417 million in the first quarter of this year and €1.6 billion over the year. However the data shows that credit advanced to enterprises that are not finance or property related increased by €20 million, or 0.1 per cent.

#TAX: The US may adopt a “carrot and stick” approach to tax by which all foreign incomes are subject to tax in the United States. Both politicians and US businesses have expressed support for reforms which would see a lower rate of corporate tax, combined with incentives for companies to move their intellectual property back to the US. Earlier, MPs in the UK slammed Google’s “contrived” tax arrangements.

A resident walks in front of a year old mural outside former South African President Nelson Mandela’s former Alexandra township residence in Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday June 13, 2013. Former South African president Nelson Mandela remained hospitalized for the sixth day Thursday with a lung infection. The latest government report says that he remains in a serious but stable condition. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)


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