One thing that makes me proud of Ireland is our largely pro-life culture, but sadly this ethos is under constant threat. Last Friday’s interview with Ann Furedi of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) on Newstalk Drive was disturbing listening. She was particularly frank in seeing abortion as a fall back option when...

At this time of the year the bookshops are filled with books of all kinds, a great many simply produced for immediate seasonal sale, with little hope that they will be of any lasting value to anyone in the months, let alone the years to come. However, among these daunting piles of printed paper for which whole forests have been felled, there...

Despite well-observed concerns in recent times about the effects of social media bubbles, the internet remains an incredibly empowering phenomenon.In particular, it allows us access to documents hitherto reserved to the few: anyone nowadays can in moments call up the Treaty of Rome to establish that freedom of movement has been a principle of the...

How can one explain the defeat of Hillary Clinton in the recent American election by a man with so many disgraceful characteristics as Donald Trump unless, as has been suggested, she herself was so passionately disliked by large sectors of the population? One wit suggested Donald Duck could even have beaten her. In the aftermath of the shock...

It’s all about The Narrative – you know, the version of a story carefully spun to suit somebody’s agenda, gleefully swallowed by the unthinking and enhanced by a trip to Outrage Factory. And so it was with the symphysiotomy controversy. For the last few years this child birth intervention was seen as ‘barbaric...

Serious illness is always a fraught experience for an individual and for those around them.  In this moving book, Polish writer Malina Stahre-Godycka recounts through a diary over some three years of the cancer of her friend, Prudentia. The illness tested their relationship, but through her experiences the author comes to terms with not...

This is a long and detailed account, running to well over 400 pages, of a district in mid Cork. In its way it is an epitome of the history of many other places.Gerard O’Rourke starts his exploration in prehistoric time, assembling the scattered evident for earlier peoples in his district. The next two chapters cover the evolution from...

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