Evening top 5: Citizens' Assembly vote to give power to Oireachtas; Howlin criticises "do-nothing Goverment"

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Citizens' Assembly vote to give explicit power to the Oireachtas

The Citizen's Assembly has voted to replace the 8th amendment with a provision giving explicit power to the Oireachtas to legislate for abortion, the rights of the unborn and the rights of the pregnant woman. 

They voted by a margin of 51 to 38 in the third and final ballot of the day. The final ballot will take place tommorow. 

Speaking about today's vote, Justice Laffoy said "Today 57%  of the members of the Citizens’ Assembly voted to replace Article 40.3.3 with a constitutional provision that would grant the Oireachtas the exclusive power to make laws on the termination of pregnancy and any rights of the unborn. 

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Howlin criticises "do-nothing Government" at Labour party conference

Labour leader Brendan Howlin said that the Irish people are being let down by a "do-nothing Government", at the Labour Party National Conference. 

Speaking at the conference he said "Brexit happened. Trump happened. Tomorrow, the French people go to the polls, Against the backdrop of yet another horrific terrorist attack. And Le Pen might yet happen.

"People are voting, in large part, out of fear and out of hurt. There are many people, too many, happy to prey on these fears. 

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Appeal for witnesses to cash in transit robbery in North Dublin

Gardaí have appealed for witnesses following a cash in transit robbery in Bayside, Co Dublin.

At approximately 11.30am this morning, a CIT van pulled up outside the Eurospar shop at Bayside Shopping Centre.
 
As a cash in transit employee left the van with a cash box, he was approached by a lone male wearing a grey tracksuit top and bottoms with the hood pulled up and wearing a black ski mask who threatened him with a gun.

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IMO says "fake news" causing drop in vaccination rates

The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has said that "fake news" is causing a drop in vaccination rates. 

The new president of the IMO, Dr Ann Hogan says the fall in HPV immunisation among young girls is partly due to social media campaigns that make false claims about risks from vaccinations.

Addressing the IMO's AGM in Galway, she said this was putting young women at risk of cervical cancer and other illnesses.

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Thousands attend March for Science protests around the world

Thousands are marching around the world in opposition to a culture of "alternative facts" and in support of evidence-based policy, according to March for Science Ireland. 

Hundreds gathered outside The Dáil today at the March for Science rally. The march takes place on Earth day which demonstrates support for environmental protection.

March For Science is an international initiative to stand up for science and evidence in the face of an alarming trend toward discrediting scientific consensus and restricting scientific discovery.