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Taoiseach confirms referendum for Irish abroad; Sinn Féin overtakes Fine Gael; and Netherlands denies Turkish Minister entry

Taoiseach confirms referendum to give Irish citizens abroad a vote

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has confirmed plans for a referendum to give Irish citizens abroad a vote in presidential elections.

Enda Kenny made the announcement as he attended St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Philadelphia.

Four years ago the Constitutional Convention recommended that all Irish citizens, whether inside the State or not, should have the right to vote in presidential elections.

 

Sinn Féin overtakes Fine Gael as second most popular party

Sinn Féin's overtaken Fine Gael and is now the second most popular party in the country according to a new poll to be published tomorrow.

The Behaviour and Attitudes Survey for tomorrow's Sunday Times shows a significant fall in support for Fianna Fáil, but they retain a significant lead.

This poll was conducted over nine days up to March 8th and has a margin of error of 3.3%.

Standing ovation for Catherine Corless on Late Late Show

The host of the Late Late Show expressed his gratitude to the audience on Friday night, after they gave a standing ovation to Tuam historian Catherine Corless.

Ryan Tubridy said: "I don't think I've ever seen something like that happen in a spontaneous way on this programme".

Ms Corless' extensive research and persistence brought the fate of the Tuam babies to light.

Netherlands refuses to allow Turkish minister entry


Turkey's president has called Dutch officials "fascists" and "Nazi remnants" after they stopped his foreign minister from flying to Rotterdam.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan hit out after the government withdrew permission for Mevlut Cavusoglu's plane to land in the country, as the leader promised retaliation against Dutch diplomatic flights.

The escalating row comes after Mr Cavusoglu wanted to campaign in the Netherlands in support of a Turkish referendum next month backing sweeping new powers for the president there.

Camogie player recalls the day her marker saved her life

In October 2016, camogie player Michelle Herbert was involved in a terrifying moment on the field of play.

In the midst of action for her club Newcastle West against Tournafulla in the Limerick junior county final, Herbert collapsed.

But thanks to the quick thinking of opposition players, team-mates and the availability of a defibrillator, she survived.