The Word on the Week
May 19, 2018

Healthcare in 2018

As we move into the last week before the Referendum to repeal the 8th amendment to our Constitution, clearing the way for the introduction of a law on abortion, various things are becoming obvious. Healthcare has become selective. It is to be denied to the unborn child at the mother’s choice. It is enshrined in […]

May 12, 2018

Retention of the 8th

Just as it is the victors who write their biased view of history so it is that it is the Government allied to the media that produce their biased script for the referendum. The word ‘repeal’ has become something of a mantra in the hands of those seeking to introduce abortion. ‘Repeal the 8th’ trips […]

May 5, 2018

The Martins are back

The rhythms of nature play out their familiar but often overlooked tune, “While the earth remains, seed-time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease” Genesis Chapter 8 verse 22). By this promise we can be sure the sun will rise tomorrow, not because of the balance of probabilities […]

April 28, 2018

Heart of Laurence O’Toole

This week St Laurence O’Toole’s heart was recovered from the Phoenix Park in Dublin where it appears to have been hidden since it was stolen in 2012. The event brought jubilation to many especially those of Christ Church Cathedral who received it back gratefully from the Garda on Thursday. When the heart was taken two […]

April 21, 2018

Independent News and Media

This week the largest newspaper in the country was embroiled in controversy. The problems are multiplying and the High Court Judge recused himself from those involving other media acquisitions in order to concentrate on the matter of journalist’s confidentiality i.e. the protection of their sources. Apparently there was an inordinate interest taken by the major […]

April 14, 2018

Assad’s War

If you use chemicals you return to the “weapons of mass destruction” beloved by George Bush during his time as President of the USA. The difference this time is that there seems to be evidence of their existence from the carnage in Douma. The Syrian-American Medical Society said more than 500 people were brought to […]

April 7, 2018

Send out the Dove

It was one of the Ancients (I cannot remember which) who in the depth of despair at the absurdity of all things was captivated by the beauty of the first dandelion in Spring! It led him to place his faith in a Creator God over against the pantheon of gods being worshipped at that time. […]

March 31, 2018

Consenting to sin?

After an 8 week-long trial a number of rugby players were acquitted of the charge of rape. The woman was placed behind a screen in the court to preserve her anonymity. The rugby players were in the full glare of the media which reported the case in great detail. The men’s acquittal sparked protests around […]

March 24, 2018

Facebook is Watching You

“The only thing George Orwell got wrong” said Tony in the Men’s Shed “was the date 1984”! The famous futuristic book has come to pass. The ‘thought police’ have arrived. You are known and that means a lot more than your postal address and email! Recent revelations have shown that the data-mining and consultancy company, […]

March 17, 2018

Saint Patrick

This is the date St Patrick died. Many would have wished he had chosen a date in the summer as they stand shivering at one of the many parades. This year the Siberian airflow has come back to have a second bite of Ireland. There will be many groups of ‘Cheerleaders’ from the US with […]

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