All posts by Thomas Hanrahan

The Rush to Introduce Abortion Shows it Was Always About Politics

As the introduction of widespread abortion looms ever closer, the journey towards becoming this brave new Ireland suddenly appears to be fraught with difficulties. Before the referendum in May, Government politicians and pro-choice activists went to great lengths to accentuate...

/ 12/12/2018

Simon’s Game Plan is Beyond Cynical: Make it Stop!

Simon Harris looks and acts like a man with a plan. It is not a nice plan. In fact, it is a deeply cynical plan. But the signs are that Harris’s plan is working, at least for now, and at...

/ 19/10/2018

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 Yet events in recent weeks have shown that this McAleese is long gone, and has been replaced by a vociferous critic of Catholicism,...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

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

The Fourth Estate and a Fifth Column

Looking through some of the online coverage of the launch of Fine Gael’s Vote Yes campaign, one exchange on Twitter was particularly interesting. Hugh O’Connell, Political Correspondent for The Sunday Business Post, was obviously impressed by the written material which...

/ 24/05/2018

Senator Noone’s Tweet of Fame

Editorial Note: This article was originally published in the Burkean on the 3rd of April but it was lost when we were fixing our website in the last couple of days. Everyone deserves their 15 minutes of fame. Some are...

/ 11/04/2018

University of Limerick’s SU Mandate: Death of Democracy on Irish campuses

On Wednesday, February 21st, the University of Limerick Students’ Union voted to campaign for the repeal of the 8th Amendment. The union’s official paper, An Focal, reported that a total of 256 UL students turned out to vote on whether...

/ 26/02/2018