Evening Top 5: TD Bríd Smith challenges government to prosecute her over abortion tablets; John Delaney quits OCI role

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Bríd Smith holds up abortion tablets in Dáil as she challenges government to prosecute her

A TD has challenged the government to prosecute her for possessing tablets which can be used to cause an abortion.

People Before Profit deputy Brid Smith held up the tablets during tonight's debate on a bill calling for a referendum on the eighth amendment.

Deputy Smith said the government knew it could not stand over its own laws, telling TDs: "You could arrest me for having it, and give me 14 years.

 

Government "sleepwalking into disaster" on public sector pay

The government has come under increasing pressure to set out a clear road map for the full restoration of equal pay for new and recently qualified public servants.

Secondary school teachers are set for the first day of strike action on Thursday with lower pay rates for recently qualified teachers one of two red-line issues for the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI).

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on education, Thomas Byrne said “the confusion at the heart of government” regarding pay equality is contributing to the industrial relations problems currently facing the country.

Cocaine worth €5m found in "torpedo type" device

Revenue officers have seized cocaine worth more than €5m following a local tip-off in Clare.

The drugs were discovered when a member of the public alerted customs officers to a suspicious "torpedo type" device on the on the beach in the seaside town of Liscannor yesterday.

Authorities believe the device may have been attached below the waterline of a cargo ship "or other maritime vessel".

The device was found to contain approximately 75kg of cocaine.

Vatican guidelines ban Catholics from scattering ashes of loved ones 

The Vatican has published new instructions on cremation, ordering Catholics to keep ashes in a sacred place rather than at home.

The remains of the faithful should be left in consecrated ground such as a cemetery plot, the ruling says.

Church authorities also state that ashes must not be scattered in the air, on land or at sea, nor preserved in mementos, pieces of jewellery or other objects.

John Delaney resigns from Olympic Council of Ireland role

John Delaney has stepped down as vice-president of the Olympic Council of Ireland with immediate effect.

The FAI chief executive informed acting president Willie O'Brien by email that he will be relinquishing his role.

He will no longer have any involvement in the OCI, a spokesperson for the organisation confirmed. 

In a statement, Mr Delaney said he reached the decision following "careful consideration".