George Morrison
May 9, 2009

Endgame for Apartheid

When BBC TV4 screened “Endgame” last Monday it came with the citations of Bafta and Emmy awards but nothing could have prepared us for the gripping intensity of the drama that was to follow. The action takes place when civil war seemed inevitable in South Africa, between the Afrikaners and the African National Congress, over […]

May 3, 2009


Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern has proposed an amendment to the Defamation Act 1961 which would introduce the crime of blasphemous libel. This crime would carry a penalty of a fine up to €100,000. The Opposition has suggested the fine be limited to €1,000! Prosecutions cannot be brought privately but would have to be brought […]

April 27, 2009

Trafficking in Women

The Immigrant Council has produced a report on the state of the slave trade in Ireland. It deals with the trafficking of women, whose bodies are treated as commodities, in a market where the demand is constant. The majority of women come from overseas and are considered by the government to be illegal immigrants, rather […]

April 20, 2009

C S Lewis De-coded

In his inspirational studies of the Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis Michael Ward has rescued the planets from the hands of the astrologers! For too long the heavens have been looked upon as the playground of imaginative mystics. Ward in his book, “Planet Narnia” enables us to see how Lewis has reclaimed them […]

April 13, 2009

Poisoned Chalice

Holy week brings with it many depictions of Christ’s passion but few capture it’s essence better than this creation of Kiefer entitled “can you drink the cup?”. The chalice, normally a thing of beauty, is seen to be sprouting thorns. The thorns remind us of those platted by the Roman soldiers to form Christ’s crown. […]

April 4, 2009

Abolition of Religion

While the great and the good of the G20 nations were gathering in London to save the world from bankruptcy here in Dublin we were holding a conference to extol the virtues of religion. The underlying contention was that religion (the variety we have in Ireland) is good for you. An impressive amount of research […]

March 29, 2009

Jade Goody

Television has the ability to be creative when you least expect it. Indeed the “Big Brother” programme is compelling viewing for many simply because the unexpected may happen! It manages to so bond its viewers to the behaviour of the houseguests that the daily papers have little to write about but much to photograph. The […]

March 23, 2009

Josef Fritzl

Elizabeth Fritzl has had a hard life. She ran away 30 years ago, when she was 12, to escape her father’s sexual abuse and was brought back home by the Austrian police. Her father, Josef, was a friend of the Major of Amstetten, a respected man in a community that had chosen to forget his […]

March 8, 2009

Voice of Conscience

Conscience has sometimes been described as the voice of God in the soul of man.   It is God’s ally.   It checks the extremes of behaviour.   A working conscience has saved many a red face. But what happens when it has been disabled?  What happens when its voice has been so effectively silenced that a person […]

February 14, 2009

Bank Robbers

In former times bank robberies were conducted from outside the bank. The attackers were easily identifiable by their clothing and weapons. Now it seems that robbers can also come from the inside, be well dressed and have their password to the computer system! In fact our banking system seems to have supported quite a few […]

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