Support for same-sex marriage; a new scheme aimed at getting long-term unemployed back to work; Ukrainian politics descends into mass brawl and ex-Chelsea captain's battle with depression revealed, in the Lunchtime Report.
1. Marriage support:
An opinion poll has revealed strong support for same-sex marriage in Ireland with more than three quarters of those surveyed in favour of it.
2. Health insurance:
According to a draft report on proposed universal healthcare, anyone that doesn't have at least basic health insurance could have money taken from their wages.
3. Wilkins’s depression:
Former England midfielder Ray Wilkins’s shock departure form Chelsea in 2010 was his “darkest time” in a long battle with depression, he has revealed.
4. Gateway to work:
People on the dole are being given work with local authorities for an extra €20 a month in an attempt to get them back to work.
5. Parliamentary brawl:
Negotiations in Ukraine’s parliament descended into a mass brawl this morning with President Yanukovych promising to hold early elections in the aftermath.
6. One Disaster:
1D star Niall Horan had a rough night at the Brit Awards where he not only got stuck in an elevator but had his crutches stolen too.
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