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Bad News Day

Buried news: what happened yesterday (other than Budget 2013)?

You may have missed these nuggets in the flurry of austerity announcements.

BUDGET DAY, PARTICULARLY one in such tough economic conditions, is a perfect time to bury bad news.

Some groups or politicians will use it as a deliberate tactic, while others may just be fortunate with their timing. Here at we were on the lookout for any nuggets that may have slipped passed you yesterday in the turmoil of Budget 2013.

This was the rest of Wednesday’s news:


Ireland’s abortion law was under the spotlight again in Strasbourg as the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers assessed the government’s response to the judgement in the 2010 A, B and C versus Ireland case, in which the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the State had violated the human rights of a woman who had not been able to determine whether she qualified for a lawful abortion or not.

Meanwhile, Catholic Bishops in Ireland criticised the Expert Group Report on abortion, stating it ignored the risks of legislating for limited abortion. In a statement, they claimed that legislating for the X Case would ‘effectively open the floodgates for abortion’.

Primary Care

Documents released yesterday show how Swords and Balbriggan were added to the list of towns being considered for primary care centres on the night before the list was released to the public.


Gardaí in Dublin have launched a murder investigation after finding a man’s body at an apartment block in Ballymun.

A man was held at knife-point during a robbery in county Offaly on Monday night.


Prosecutors in England have said they will be bringing charges against veteran BBC commentator Stuart Hall over the alleged indecent assault of children in the 1970s and 1980s. The broadcaster confirmed that the suspect would not work while the police conducted their investigation.


An earthquake in Iran killed at least five people and destroyed a number of villages in a rural area.

Climate Change

Ban Ki-moon has blamed rich countries for climate change, adding that it only fair the developed world bear most of the responsibility for fixing it.


The number of people on the Live Register fell by 1,500 in November but many put this down to youth emigration rather than job creation.

Citigroup is to cut more than 11,000 jobs globally in an effort to boost efficiency.


Ireland received its worst ever ranking on a global corruption index yesterday morning.

There was some good news as well though…

A woman in Nepal was granted citizenship…105 years after she was born.

Scottish football club Celtic’s historic win at its home ground puts them into the knock-out stages of the Champions League. Hoop, hoop.

A man who was disfigured in a gun accident says he can now walk past people without a second look after receiving the world’s most extensive face transplant ever. See the photos here.

A pilot study has found that dogs can sniff out lung cancer.

The Irish Cancer Society received a windfall of €2.5 million from an anonymous donor.

The day Steve the Cat came to our office… in photos

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