Growing up, I had never heard of a “Mother and baby home” being in existence. It sounds delightful. Good natured nuns taking in single, unsupported mothers and pregnant women. The reality however was very different. By the time I...
In this phase of high mass consumption that we live in, putting rubbish into a bin is seen as a good deed. We put it somewhere that isn’t directly onto the ground and can’t be noticed visually which leads...
We surely live in historic times. The world, or at least the one that is ever-increasingly mediated to us, seems alight with revolt, fueled by bitter consternation and deep incredulity. The suffocating mire of fake news and the constant...
I love science. The pursuit of knowledge and truth. The excitement and challenge of inquiry. The potential it holds to shake us from our most cherished beliefs and to open up new vistas onto reality and our place within...
The job of the Citizens' Assembly is to discuss the possibility of having a referendum on repealing the Eight Amendment.  They are taking submissions from the public in order to get a better idea of the general consensus of...
The Christmas season is well on its way, and I am waiting for the moment somebody complains about the Americanisation of Christmas.  Or indeed, to whine about the changing tastes of children and their preferred presents (remember the puritanical...
The International break is never welcome by football fans, let alone this most recent one.  The anticipation has been building for weeks for the return of the Premier league and the meeting of old rivals, Liverpool and Manchester United...
One can only assume that you, as an individual, have seen the slogan 'repeal the 8th' at some point in your existence within the last few months. Whether you have seen it in news articles, online, or on posters...
In 2008 the cost of living was a lot lower than it is today. The average salary has slightly changed for most workers in the past eight years. To keep up with rising taxes, insurance hikes and inflation, supporting...
‘Sex workers are economically coerced into selling their bodies for money’ – but sure isn’t that what all workers do? The argument of coercion is often voiced in protest to the legalization of prostitution, however, within a capitalist society,...
When you look back over the course of Irish sporting history and the legends we associate with their sports, the usual names continuously pop up, Brian O’Driscoll with Rugby, Henry Shefflin with Hurling, Pádraig Harrington with golf, the list...
Manchester United are the most successful club in the history of the Premier League.  History shows they have won the title a record 20 times.  The money that has been spent by the three managers since the departure of...