BULLETIN: Same-sex couple can't get passport for daughter; I am not an aggressive person, says Paddy Jackson

Catch up on the headlines this lunchtime...

IRELAND: Same-sex couple can't get passport for baby daughter unless one woman 'signs away her rights'.

IRELAND: Ireland international rugby player Paddy Jackson has taken the stand on the opening day of the defence case at his rape trial in Belfast.

IRELAND: The Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that the unborn has no constitutional rights outside the right to life in the Eighth Amendment.

IRELAND: Six closure orders, one prohibition order and one improvement order were served on food businesses during the month of February for breaches of food safety legislation, Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) revealed today.

VIEWS: Historian Catherine Corless, whose work led to the discovery of a mass grave in Tuam, argues that the expertise exists to start DNA identification of the babies interred there.

WORLD: Russia's President Vladimir Putin has praised US President Donald Trump but expressed disappointment with the US political system, saying it is "eating itself up".

SPORT: Blair Kinghorn will make his first start for Scotland on Saturday after being named in Gregor Townsend's side for their pivotal Six Nations clash against Ireland in Dublin.

 

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VIRAL: The two-year-old who was in awe of Michelle Obama’s portrait just had a dance party with her idol.

SHOWBIZ: Actor, musician, producer and DJ, Idris Elba will be taking to the Forbidden Fruits stage in Dublin over the June Bank Holiday weekend.

LIFESTYLE: We don’t know which is worse, high seas, or high expectations. Microsoft’s big release for March, Sea of Thieves, has both.


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