Category Archives: Marriage Equality

Marriage Equality Referendum is, in fact, about Marriage Equality

I am delighted that numerous independent experts have clarified that the Marriage Equality Referendum is, in fact, about Marriage Equality. I am delighted that Adoption Authority Chief Geoffrey Shannon has stated categorically that the adoption process will not change as … 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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Irish Mammies

Irish mothers do not have preferential status in Irish law The notion of an exclusive mother-child relationship is not universal The mother-child relationship is culturally constructed The notion of an exclusive mother-child relationship emerged circa 1830 Mother-child relationships are influenced by … Continue reading

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Let’s Make History

I said these words  at the Amnesty “Lets make history ” Campaign for Marriage Equality Launch outside the historic GPO, Dublin, March 22nd 2015 There are so many reasons to vote yes on May 22nd that I could speak for … Continue reading

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