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UN calls on Ireland to allow abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality, rape and incest

The UN's Human Rights Council has called on Ireland to allow abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality, rape and incest.

Ireland has said it will be consider the recommendation, along with 97 others.

It comes after the UN body held hearings earlier this year where dozens of other countries grilled Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald on Ireland's human rights record.

Over 1,000 young people waiting longer than three months for first mental health appointment

Many young people continue to face long waits for mental health treatment, according to new figures.

A new report published by the HSE shows there were 1,079 children and adolescents waiting longer than three months for their first mental health appointment in February, down 78 from January.

Over 8,500 patients also spent over a day waiting in emergency departments across the country in the first two months of the year.

Alan Kelly confirms he will run for Labour leadership

Former environment minister Alan Kelly has confirmed he intends to run for the Labour leadership. 

In an interview on RTÉ's Late Late Show, the Labour TD said he plans to put his name forward when nominations for the role open next week.

Former public expenditure minister Brendan Howlin and Cork East TD Seán Sherlock are also expected to contest the position. 

Anglo trial told prosecution has no evidence to prove criminal intent

A jury in the Anglo trial has been asked to consider the fact the financial regulator knew about the so-called “back-to-back transactions”.

Four former executives of Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Life & Permanent are accused of conspiring to mislead the public about Anglo’s state of affairs.

Day 73 of the trial resumed today with the closing speech of Diarmuid McGuinness, senior counsel for former Anglo executive John Bowe, who claimed there was not a shred of evidence to prove criminal intent against his client.

Ibrahim Halawa spending 1,000th day behind bars in Egypt

The new government is being urged to ramp up efforts to get Ibrahim Halawa released from prison in Egypt.

Today marks 1,000 days since the Dubliner was put behind bars in 2013.

He has been held since his arrest for taking part in a protest in Cairo in August 2013, and is due to appear in court again in June.