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Church in Ireland needs ‘reality check’ after gay marriage vote May 2015

The first gay marriages are now likely to take place in the early autumn.

Diarmuid Martin, the archbishop of Dublin, said the Church in Ireland needed to reconnect with young people.

The referendum found 62% were in favour of changing the constitution to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.

The archbishop told the broadcaster RTE: “We [the Church] have to stop and have a reality check, not move into denial of the realities.

“We won’t begin again with a sense of renewal, with a sense of denial. I appreciate how gay and lesbian men and women feel on this day. That they feel this is something that is enriching the way they live. I think it is a social revolution.”

The archbishop personally voted “No” arguing that gay rights should be respected “without changing the definition of marriage”.

“I ask myself, most of these young people who voted yes are products of our Catholic school system for 12 years. I’m saying there’s a big challenge there to see how we get across the message of the Church,” he added.

Ireland is the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage through a popular vote, and its referendum was held 22 years after homosexual acts were decriminalised in the Republic of Ireland.

Among those voicing their approval of the outcome was UK Prime Minister David Cameron who tweeted: “Congratulations to the people of Ireland, after voting for same-sex marriage, making clear you are equal if you are straight or gay.” Read More


Silicon Valley attracting women to technology

Silicon Valley attracting women to technology
21 May 2015 Last updated at 05:18 BST
For years women have been a minority in the high-tech world of Silicon Valley. Geeky, laddish culture has come to dominate.
But the voice provided by social media, books by high-powered women in tech, and the realisation that it is bad business to discriminate against half of the world’s biggest brains is forcing change.
Traditionally in both the tech boardroom and on the coding floor there have been far more men, but all-women projects to help support and mentor entrepreneurs are having an impact.
BlackBox Connect brings together company founders from all over the world to introduce them to the energy, the ethos, and hopefully the money of Silicon Valley.
They’ve held their first all-female course as part of the growing momentum for equality in the world of tech.


Turkey TV talent show: Woman contestant shot in head

Mutlu Kaya, 19, was in a critical condition after being shot in Diyarbakir province early on Monday.

Diyarbakir is a conservative region in south-east Turkey and Ms Kaya had reportedly received death threats for singing on the show, Sesi Cok Guzel.

One person has reportedly been arrested in connection with the incident.

The gunman was said to have been in the garden and fired through a window into the house.

Sesi Cok Guzel is similar to shows like Britain’s Got Talent. Ms Kaya’s mentor is Sibel Can, one of Turkey’s best-known folk singers.

Ms Can had visited Ms Kaya at the school canteen where she worked in March, in order to make sure she joined her team in the competition.

However, the Posta newspaper reported on Sunday that Ms Kaya had received death threats after appearing on the show.

“I am afraid,” Kaya was quoted as telling the show’s production team.

Ms Kaya’s father, Mehmet Kaya, told local media his daughter had been rehearsing to go back on the show when she was shot at her home in the Ergani district.

“I just want my daughter to be healthy and don’t want anything else,” he said.

“I am expecting help from Sibel Can, she is like a mother to Mutlu.”

“My beautiful girl Mutlu, how could they wound you? I am very sad,” Ms Can wrote on Instagram, Agence France-Presse reported.


The ‘invisible’ victims of Edomex, Mexico’s most dangerous place to be female

By Nina Lakhani

Mothers with missing daughters accompany Maria Eugenia Fuentes and her family at the funeral of her daughter Diana.
Mothers with missing daughters accompany Maria Eugenia Fuentes and her family at the funeral of her daughter Diana. Photograph: Ginnette Riquelme

Sobbing mourners released a cloud of tiny white butterflies as a coffin holding the remains of 14-year-old Diane Angelica Castañeda Fuentes was lowered into the ground, 18 months after she disappeared on her way to a friend’s house in Ecatepec, a dusty suburb on the northern fringes of Mexico City.

Diana’s skull and feet had been found in a plastic bag dredged from a foul-smelling waterway known as the Great Canal, which runs through the State of Mexico – the country’s most densely populated state.

The schoolgirl, a devoted fan of One Direction and Justin Bieber, was the first to be positively identified after the remains of dozens of people were recovered last year from the black waters of the canal.

Her funeral on 26 March was attended by members of several other families whose own missing daughters are among the thousands of young women to have disappeared in the past decade from the state, known in Spanish as Edomex.

The mourners’ sorrow was shot through with anger as they called on the country’s authorities to stop the violence which has made Edomex the most dangerous place in Mexico to be female.

“Enough!” they cried. “Not one more girl!” Read More