Folau makes bush fires claims

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first_imgPhoto Getty Images Caption: Israel Folau Firefighters are reported to be tackling 120 blazes across the country, with 303 homes said to have been lost in New South Wales over the past week.Folau, a devout Christian, had his contract terminated by Rugby Australia in April for a “high-level breach” after he posted “hell awaits drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters” on Instagram.On Sunday, footage emerged of the 30-year-old delivering a sermon at the Church of Jesus Christ in Kenthurst, claiming the bush fires are a message from God over same-sex marriage and abortion laws.”God’s word says for a man and a woman to be together, one man and one woman in the covenant of marriage to be together,” Folau told those in attendance. “They’ve changed that law and have now legalised same-sex marriage.”Abortion, it’s okay now to murder and kill infants, unborn children, and they deem that to be okay.”You have changed the law and changed the ordinance of these things, look how rampant these bush fires, these droughts…all these things have come in a short period of time. Do you think it’s a coincidence or not?”God is speaking to you guys, Australia. You need to repent.” Rugby Australia and Folau failed to reach a settlement in June over the full-back’s sacking and an unfair dismissal case began in court in August.The former Waratahs back had been previously warned over his online posts in 2018.last_img

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PRINGLE TACKLES GILMORE OVER HOSPITAL TREATMENT FOR DONEGAL PATIENTS

first_imgThomas Pringle TD has today criticised the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore on the refusal of Dublin hospitals to treat patients from outside their catchment area due to funding issues by the HSE.Speaking to Gilmore today at Leaders’ Questions, the Independent TD for Donegal South West stated that: “Over the last few months a policy has emerged in the Dublin hospitals that is preventing seriously ill people from getting treatment. Patients who were being treated for serious illnesses that require specialist treatment which is only available at these hospitals are now being refused treatment because they are not from the catchment area of the hospital.“It appears that the hospitals are not being funded by the HSE for these treatments because the patients live in a certain part the country and are now being forced to cease treating these patients. “One young woman from Donegal has been refused treatment in St Vincent’s Hospital. The hospital removed a spinal stimulator from her back for an MRI scan and has now refused to replace it because they say they have no funding for it as she’s not from the catchment area of the hospital. This is utter madness,” stated Pringle“The Minister for Health talks about ‘money following the patient’.The Labour party says it has a policy for universal health care to ensure that everyone receives timely treatment.How can Labour ever hope to achieve a universal health care system when they can’t even provide treatment for people just because of where they come from? Is this the type of treatment that Irish people can look forward to under Labour’s Way?”“The whole situation is ludicrous and is outright discrimination against these people. This matter must be addressed immediately,” stated Pringle  PRINGLE TACKLES GILMORE OVER HOSPITAL TREATMENT FOR DONEGAL PATIENTS was last modified: May 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:PRINGLE TACKLES GILMORE OVER HOSPITAL TREATMENT FOR DONEGAL PATIENTSlast_img

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