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An Oireachtas committee tasked with addressing Ireland’s abortion laws has said the
eight amendment must be changed.
The vote will pave the way for 6 possible referendum options to be put to citizens
next summer. Two of the six options to be put to the people are a proposal to repeal
and replace with a new law and a simple repeal of the 8th amendment.
The committee will now assess the options and must report back by mid-December
ahead of the referendum which is due to be held next May or June.
A new ESRI report has found that children who were better at maths at the age of 9
were more engaged at school and that positive experience continues through to
The findings are based on interviews with nine and thirteen year olds as well as
interviews with their parents and questionnaires completed by their principals and
The research also found that girls experience greater transition difficulties than boys
with transition difficulties being greater among those with special education needs.
Author of the report ESRI research professor Emer Smyth believes that making
maths more accessible could show real long term benefits such as engagement in
their schoolwork and positive student-teacher relationships.
It will be a wet day with no real clearance occurring until evening the rain will be
lightest during the morning while getting heavier in the afternoon and evening with
light winds, highest temperatures 11 to 13 degrees. We will have more news in an