Protestors demand a new Spanish Republic THOUSANDS OF protestors took to the streets in Madrid this week to demand a referendum on whether to remove the monarchy and reinstate Spain as a Republic. by Jan Gamm A WAVE of Republican fervour has swept the country since the abdication of King Juan Carlos in favour of Crown Prince Felipe on 2nd June. Demonstrators surged through the streets of the capitol waving red, purple and gold flags representing a Spanish Republic and shouting for the Demonstrators waving right to an elected head of state. Juan Carlos has been on the Spanish Republican throne since 1975 at the behest of General Franco. flags
Long term unemployment ACCORDING TO the Madrid Unemployment Office, the coverage rate of unemployment has fallen by 27% since April 2010. Average monthly benefit payments have reduced by almost 30€ in the last five years. However, monthly contributory benefits vary between communities, ranging from 930€ to 693€ and four years ago, almost 80% of unemployed were paid either benefits or allowances; a situation that no longer exists due to exhaustion of funds. Spain has the highest unemployment social spending in Europe and the second highest number of unemployed second only to Greece.
Ireland bans tobacco advertising
Dr Reilly campaigning for a smoke-free Ireland
IRELAND HAS become the first country in Europe to ban tobacco advertising in all its forms under the Public Health Act of 2014. In 2004, Ireland became the first country in the world to ban smoking in all public places. Irish Minister for Health Doctor James Reilly, currently facing possible dismissal over his alleged incompetence concerning the Irish Medical Card, said: “With everything we know about the dangers of tobacco and nicotine we cannot allow the tobacco industry to use deceptive marketing tricks that could attract children to this deadly addiction.”
13-19 JUNE 2014
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