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June 23, 2018

Referendum Aftermath

The battle over the introduction of abortion is over. The Christians largely found themselves on the losing side. The temptation is to pack up and go away, like the disciples after the crucifixion. “We had hoped that he (Jesus) was the one who was going to redeem Israel” was said on the walk to Emmaus […]

June 16, 2018

Ireland in the Sun

The school exams are over and the universities are coming the end of the semester. The recent heatwave has whetted appetites for more of the same leading to packed flights travelling south. However, it is not just the sunshine that we have in common with Bermuda, the Caymans and the Virgin Islands. We are in […]

June 9, 2018

Rugby the Incredible Game

In a week where we had multiple murders the Rugby Test match in Australia came as a welcome relief. It would have been better if Ireland won but with all the wins in recent years perhaps we needed to realise we are not infallible! For the pundits the scoreline was 18 – 9 with both […]

June 2, 2018

In Deep Water

With the summer sun comes the attraction of a swim in a nice cool pond. Unfortunately for two lads this week their choice of a flooded quarry proved, for them, to be fatal. Tragically for these 15 year olds help came too late. There was the temptation to swim across to the other side of […]

May 26, 2018

The People Have Spoken

The people have given a clear mandate to government to proceed with the legislation to introduce termination of pregnancy to Ireland. So away with the badges and down with the posters! We are now entering a new landscape where the majority of people believe that a woman has a right to an abortion on demand. […]

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 […]

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