Category Archives: Human Rights

International Men’s Day

– we do what works for us irrespective of our genitals. Continue reading

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Abortion: Have You Checked Your Prejudice

I have never had an abortion. You can draw no conclusions about me from that statement. That statement tells you nothing about me or my morality, it tells you nothing about my sexual habits or my sexual history and nothing about … Continue reading

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Ten Things I’ve Learned

Question everything, especially yourself. Big changes come from lots of people doing little things. Running away doesn’t work because you can’t escape yourself. The actuality is frequently less painful than the imagining. Check yourself for prejudice and chose not to act on it. Measure … Continue reading

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Aylan Kurdi and Martin Reilly two little boys a century apart 

My granddad Martin Reilly was 2 years old when his parents Philip and Elizabeth took him and his five siblings on an overcrowded steamship in search of a better life in Argentina in 1889. The same age as Aylan Kurdi the little … Continue reading

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An open letter to Liam Payne of One Direction – Try a Little harder

Dear Liam, I believe that you are being honest when you say that you are not homophobic. I also believe that you genuinely meant no harm. I don’t believe that you should be vilified for your “throw away statement” about a song that … Continue reading

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Secular education: Avoiding the tyranny of the majority

On August 8 my letter ‘A right to education without indoctrination’ was published in the Irish Times. It was an edited version of my blog  ‘Original sin, a four-year old and state-funded education’ On August 11 the Irish Times published … Continue reading

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How many child rapes occur to give rise to 600 births a year?

This photo was taken on my confirmation day one month shy of my 10th birthday It captures my mortification at being asked to hold hands with my cousin who is clearly also uncomfortable, I think he may even be blushing. I am … Continue reading

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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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