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Original Sin, a Four-Year old and State Funded Education.

The Republic of Ireland has approximately 3,300 primary schools. The Irish State ‘provides for’ education and almost all of our national schools are publicly funded. In Ireland, a National school is a type of primary school that is financed directly by the … Continue reading

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But for the Grace of God…..

I read a piece in the Irish Times this morning about Grace Farrell an Irish woman in her thirties who froze to death in a doorway in New York City. In this poignant piece, aimed at understanding why, Michael Kealy takes us on … Continue reading

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Challenging Conversations

Ireland has been criticised for having one of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws because it jeopardises women’s health and lives subjecting them to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment with a disproportionate impact on poor women, adolescents, asylum seekers, and those with disabilities or those … Continue reading

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Taglines and Titles

Blogging 101: Assignment 2: Taglines and Titles Reminds me of the Elton Documentary ‘Tantrums and Tiaras” but thats a whole other blog. I didn’t already have a blog title so I was starting from scratch and was actually taken by surprise … Continue reading

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Who am I and Why am I Here?

Blogging 101: Assignment 1: Who am I and why am I here? Wow, talk about throwing us in at the deep-end. These are big philosophical questions that I have struggled with for most of my life. Over the years I have found … Continue reading

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Your Opinion Matters but only Your Vote Counts

Freedom of speech is protected by Article 40.6.1 of the Irish constitution. This means that Irish citizens have the right to express freely their “convictions and opinions.” In the context of the forthcoming referendum on Marriage Equality numerous opinions have … Continue reading

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I’m Sorry

I cried in my car yesterday seeing the ‘no’ posters along the Clontarf Road for the first time. I had seen photos of them on twitter the night before. But seeing them only yards from my home really touched something … Continue reading

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Are broadcasters throwing the baby out with the bath water?

Is the excessive zeal for balance demonstrated by broadcasters and journalists in the context of the marriage referendum debate, harmful to real children and families? My understanding of journalistic principles and codes comes from information freely available to the public … Continue reading

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Is ‘Balanced’ Debate Fair to Families?

Is the price of ‘balanced’ debate, in the context of the Marriage Equality Referendum in Ireland, too high? How is balance determined? Surely it is over simplistic to establish balance on the basis of air-time or column inches alone. Is … Continue reading

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Women in pants

Males over 50 are most likely to vote no in the upcoming marriage referendum. A statistic that I am finding is bearing out on the doorstep. While the majority of people that I meet are voting Yes the ‘NOs’ do … Continue reading

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