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  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Friday 10/11/2019 Newsdump Friday

    10/11/2019 10:30:05 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 7 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 10/11/2019 | Nextrush/Self
    Acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper announcing the deployment of 1,800 additional US troops to Saudi Arabia.... The move comes hours after explosions were reported on an Iranian oil tanker..... Iran hailing the notion of mediation in its relations with Saudi Arabia..... Intense fighting in northeastern Syria as the Turkish military continues its attack to take Kurdish controlled territory..... Citing a Kurdish source and one at the Pentagon "Newsweek" reported today that some US Special Forces got caught in the Turkish shelling..... In Syria Friday one Russian soldier and two Syrian soldiers wounded when an improvised explosive device exploded..... The Russian...
  • Pete Buttigieg's husband Chasten attacks Mike Pence's lunch with openly gay Irish leader,[tr]

    09/03/2019 10:16:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 69 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 3, 2019 | Emily Goodin
    Chasten Buttigieg attacked Mike Pence's lunch with an openly-gay Irish leader, saying just because the two shared meal doesn't mean the vice president is 'any less homophobic.' Buttigieg, the husband of Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg, criticized a tweet on Monday from deputy White House press secretary Judd Deere, who wrote anyone who thinks Pence is 'anti-gay' should look at his lunch with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his partner.
  • Irish Prime Minister Threatens Boris With UK Break Up in No Deal Brexit

    07/28/2019 7:52:49 AM PDT · by KC_Lion · 67 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 Jul 2019 | Breitbart London
    London (AFP) – A no-deal Brexit could lead to a united Ireland as more people in Northern Ireland would “come to question the Union” with Great Britain, Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar has said. His comments came after new British prime minister Boris Johnson said the current Brexit deal was unacceptable and set preparations for leaving the EU without an agreement as a “top priority” for his right-wing government. Tension around the withdrawal deal centres on the so-called Irish backstop — a mechanism designed to keep Northern Ireland in the bloc’s Single Market and prevent a customs border between it...
  • Irish activists pledge to protest against Donald Trump visit

    09/01/2018 10:20:25 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 22 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 09/01/18
    Politicians and activists in Ireland have pledged to protest against Donald Trump when he visits in November. On Friday, the White House announced the visit to Ireland would take place as part of a European tour that would also see the US president travel to Paris for a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice after the first world war. A White House statement said Trump’s visit would “renew the deep and historic ties between our two nations”. The Irish Labour party, Greens and Solidarity – People Before Profit all pledged to organise protests surrounding the visit, within an...
  • Petition started for new Irish referendum targeting Catholic schools

    07/22/2018 12:09:41 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Crux ^ | July 21, 2108 | Charles Collings
    LEICESTER, United Kingdom - In the wake of Ireland’s May 25 referendum legalizing abortion in the country, the Irish Labour Party has started a petition seeking a referendum to end religious schools in the country.Unlike in the United States, the government funds religious schools in Ireland, and about 96 percent of elementary schools in the country are under the patronage of a religious group, and approximately 90 percent of these schools are run by the Catholic Church.“It’s time for a national conversation about how we achieve a modern, secular and equality-based education system for the Ireland of today, and what...
  • Leo Varadkar says he sympathises with Donald Trump on media (Prime Minister/Taoiseach of Ireland)

    07/03/2018 11:07:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Buzz ^ | July 4, 2018 | David Kent
    We don't think this will go down well. The Taoiseach has said he sympathises with Donald Trump’s criticism of the media. The comments were made by Leo Varadkar on Monday. According to the Times, Varadkar made the remarks at a private lunch in New York hosted by Irish consul general Ciaran Madden. The Taoiseach was asked what he thought of Trump and specifically the US president’s attacks on the press. He said the media was not interested in the truth but in the story, sources told the Times. Apparently, his biggest target was the political press. He claimed political journalists...
  • Irish PM: Crisis Facing Europe Not Mass Migration But Rise of Patriotic Parties

    07/02/2018 6:59:17 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 Jul 2018 | Virginia Hale
    Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has declared that the crisis facing the EU is not mass immigration, but European resistance to importing large numbers of migrants from the third world. “This isn’t so much a migrant crisis as it is a political crisis,” the Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) said of disagreement within the EU over how to deal with illegal immigrants arriving to the continent. “Europe needs migration,” he insisted, claiming the belief that hundreds of thousands of migrants from the world’s poorest countries arriving in boats and storming the EU’s frontiers is a problem that has been invented by...
  • Irish Catholic hospitals 'will have to perform abortions'

    06/13/2018 11:44:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    BBC ^ | June 12, 2018 | Staff
    Irish hospitals with a Catholic ethos will be expected to carry out abortions when new laws on terminations come into effect, the Irish prime minister has said. Leo Varadkar said doctors, nurses or midwives could opt out of performing procedures on conscience grounds. However, entire institutions will not have that option. Mr Varadkar was addressing concerns about surgical abortions raised in the Dáil (Irish parliament).
  • Savita Halappanavar's parents hail Irish abortion vote (hurl Alert)

    05/28/2018 3:09:26 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 17 replies
    BBC News ^ | 28th May 2018 | BBC News
    Her story was one that galvanised a movement; her face became a symbol of that movement. Savita Halappanavar died from infection after miscarrying her first child in an Irish hospital in October 2012. Her family said she pleaded for a termination during the miscarriage, but medical staff refused her requests because there was still a foetal heartbeat. Mrs Halappanavar's death caused international controversy and sparked a campaign to have Ireland's abortion law liberalised. Her story was one that galvanised a movement; her face became a symbol of that movement. Savita Halappanavar died from infection after miscarrying her first child in...
  • Irish leader Leo Varadkar slams Trump White House on gay rights [barf]

    03/13/2018 4:13:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Irish Central ^ | March 13, 2018 06:15 AM | Irish Central Staff
    Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar has criticized the Trump administration for its record on gay rights and says he will bring up the topic with Trump when they meet on Thursday of this week. “What I intend to say is that for the vast majority of people around the world including people from gay lesbian transgender backgrounds, we have always seen America as a beacon of freedom,” the Taoiseach, who is gay, said. “This is the land of the free, the home of the brave. This is where the LGBT rights movement began.” He added: “It is really tough to...
  • Irish Prime minister to challenge Pence on Gay marriage views

    03/12/2018 3:38:35 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 40 replies
    Irish Independent ^ | 12th March 2018 | Phillip Ryan
    TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has said he is concerned Irish whiskey could be targeted as part of the escalating trade war between the US and the EU. Speaking on the first day of his week-long visit to the US, Mr Varadkar said when he hears the EU threaten to put import tariffs on US bourbon, it concerns him that Irish whiskey could also be hit with tariffs. “When I hear bourbon whiskey I think the next response could be tariffs against Irish whiskey,” he said. Speaking at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, Mr Varadkar warned that a cross-Atlantic...
  • Ireland to Hold Abortion Referendum in May

    01/30/2018 6:57:58 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 1/30/18 | Staff Reporter
    Prime Minister Leo Varadkar says he will campaign to repeal the amendment that protects the right to life of the unborn childIreland will hold a referendum in May on whether to lift a constitutional ban on abortion, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has confirmed. Varadkar spoke after meeting with his cabinet to discuss details of the referendum on the Eighth Amendment, which guarantees the right to life of the unborn child. Currently, abortion is only permitted when the mother’s life is in danger. Varadkar said he will campaign to repeal the amendment, and his government will prepare legislation to allow unrestricted...
  • Varadkar will not seek Trump’s help over North stalemate [Irish PM]

    01/02/2018 11:38:59 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Mon, Jan 01, 2018, 16:00 | Sarah Bardon
    Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will not be seeking the assistance of US president Donald Trump to help end the ongoing political stalemate in Northern Ireland. Mr. Varadkar was questioned by reporters about Mr. Trump’s book The Art of the Deal and whether the president’s role as a businessman could be put to use in Northern Ireland. Responding, Mr. Varadkar said: “I have read The Art of the Deal, and the basic concept behind that is a good deal is when I win and you lose. That’s not the kind of deal that is going to work in Northern Ireland. So while...
  • New poll shows Ireland wants Leo Varadkar as leader (SSM pusher)

    07/27/2015 6:05:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Irish Central ^ | July 23, 2015 04:10 AM | Paddy Clancy
    Health Minister Leo Varadkar is the overwhelming favorite among the public and Fine Gael supporters to be the next leader of the party. A poll for The Sunday Times shows 34 percent of people would like to see Varadkar, who came out as a gay in January, take over from Taoiseach Enda Kenny. “It’s always nice to get positive feedback from the public, but there is no vacancy. Enda is the leader and I have my hands full in health and a lot of work to do,” Varadkar said. …
  • Irish Cabinet minister announces he’s gay

    01/18/2015 9:22:13 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 18, 2015 11:05 AM EST | Shawn Pogatchnik
    A senior Cabinet minister in Ireland says he’s gay, becoming the first openly homosexual government figure in the history of the traditionally conservative Catholic country. Sunday’s announcement on state radio by Health Minister Leo Varadkar received widespread praise for its straightforward honesty. Analysts said his decision was likely to be viewed with hindsight as a landmark of social change in a country that, until 1993, outlawed homosexual acts. Varadkar said he decided to declare his sexuality in advance of government moves this year to advance gay rights. These include plans to legalize gay marriage, permit homosexual men to donate blood,...