Month: June 2018

Mary Lou and the Neutering of Sinn Féin

For generations born before the Good Friday Agreement the name Sinn Féin engenders a certain level of well warranted disgust. As the former political wing of a paramilitary organisation Sinn Féin is unusual for a Western European democracy, and only over the...

/ 29/06/2018

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary; How Does Your Profile Grow?

For many years, former president Mary McAleese was among the most respected and influential Catholics in Ireland. Yet events in recent weeks have shown that this McAleese is long gone, and has been replaced by a vociferous critic of Catholicism,...

/ 27/06/2018

The MacGill Controversy: A Storm in a Bubble

In the midst of the biggest housing crisis in the history of the state, the longest ever hospital waiting lists, and the potential outcomes for Ireland in the ongoing Brexit negotiations, you might think that an obscure political summer school...

/ 25/06/2018

The War Hawk Has Landed in Trinity

This Friday, one of the strongest supporters of America’s many destructive wars in the Middle East will be visiting Trinity College Dublin. It is rare for Trinity College Dublin to entertain a former politician with such deep connections to corporate...

/ 22/06/2018

The Death and Resurrection of Catholic Ireland

Last month’s referendum result brought with it much discussion relating to the apparent demise of Catholic Ireland. Indeed, the comprehensive nationwide victory, the overwhelming support for unrestricted abortion among young voters and the raucous celebrations at Dublin Castle all showed...

/ 20/06/2018

The Progressive Subversion of Leaving Cert ‘Politics and Society’

This year, around 900 students from 41 pilot schools across the country will sit the first ever Leaving Cert exam for ‘Politics and Society’. Introduced in 2016, the new subject supposedly is designed to educate students in regards to both...

/ 14/06/2018

Where Now for the Irish Pro-Life Movement?

The decision of 66.4% of the electorate to repeal the Eighth Amendment marks the end of the constitutional right to life. However, it does not mark the end of the right to life, a right which the Irish state never...

/ 12/06/2018

Lawless Ireland: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

Something is seriously wrong. The strangulation and beating of an 18-year-old teenage boy, the abduction and strangulation of a 24-year-old waitress, the savage beating and killing of a 14-year-old schoolgirl, and now the triple shooting at a Bray boxing club...

/ 08/06/2018

The Pence Rule

On February 6th, Cheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, authored a post discussing the ‘Mike Pence Rule.’ The Pence rule is Vice President Mike Pence’s refusal to eat alone with a woman other than his wife, and his refusal to attend...

/ 04/06/2018

Yes: A Crucial Lesson for the Right

The repealing of the 8th amendment has been aptly labelled by Leo Varadkar as the “Quiet revolution”. Taking Ireland and most of the world by surprise. It happened slowly and then all at once. Looking at the issue from a...

/ 01/06/2018