With the exception of sports events, always beware when you are asked to “put on the green jersey” — because there’s a good chance you are being rushed into supporting a position that almost certainly needs severe questioning.
Ireland until recently has been a very unusual country in that the issue of immigration has barely featured in national debate. Look across the rest of Europe and this is far from the case.
The row over the gender pay gap at RTÉ obscures a wider truth; nothing will finally eradicate the gender pay gap in society short of social engineering on so massive a scale that it would amount to an attack on the freedom of both men and women.
Media bias is the functional equivalent of fake news. Fake news is intended to deceive and mislead the public. Media bias may not seek to deceive but it has the same effect of misleading the public by giving only one side of the story. Media bias is a huge problem in Ireland, so bad it is a problem for the healthy functioning of Irish democracy.
It is time to put the Catholic Church "in the dustbin, where it belongs", left-wing TD Bríd Smith announced in the Dáil last week. There are strong echoes here of former US president Ronald Reagan, who once memorably said communism belonged in the dustbin of history.
The big winners in the battle over the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH) are the doctors and accountants on the board of the St Vincent's Healthcare Group (SVHG). Not only will they own the new maternity hospital, they now effectively own and run the three hospitals the Order of the Sisters of Charity founded but is now quitting.
When Enda Kenny and the rest of the Cabinet fanned out to the four corners of the world to represent Ireland on St Patrick's Day, some journalists raised the concern that no senior politician would be here in Ireland if British Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 that same week, thereby formally beginning the Brexit process.
Attitudes to unmarried mothers and their babies have changed back and forth over the centuries. The historian Ivy Pinchbeck says that in medieval England, children born outside of marriage were not viewed as being as much of a problem as later and were absorbed into their mothers' communities and worked on the farms like everyone else.
My father was in school at the same time as Desmond Connell. I remember him telling me once that it was the opinion of the other boys in the school that the young Desmond Connell would become either an academic or a priest. Even then he was studious and serious-minded.
How low will 'The Late Late Show' go in its search for ratings? Very, very low it turns out. Last Friday night it aired a Valentine's Day special that made your average episode of 'Big Brother' look prim and proper by comparison. Words like embarrassing or cringe-worthy don't even begin to capture how bad it was.
The Licensed Vintners' Association and the Vintners' Federation of Ireland are back with their annual campaign to get rid of the rule that bans the sale of alcohol on Good Friday. They are most likely pushing an open door, even if it is taking longer than they might have expected to get their way.
For the first couple of years of my time in Australia, the premier of Queensland was a fellow by the name of Joh Bjelke-Petersen, the head of the conservative National Party. He was a populist to his fingertips and quite like Donald Trump in many ways.
When did you first hear of the 'alt-right'? It might have been during the US presidential election, or else in the last few days following the appearance of someone defending the alt-right on 'Claire Byrne Live' on Monday night, an American by the name of Nicholas Pell. Or maybe you still haven't heard of it.
The new year publication of selected State papers from 30 years before is an annual invitation to us to look down our noses on our recent past. We're invited to look back in horror at the battles of only a few decades ago over the likes of contraception, or sex education, or in this latest round, divorce. That's because 1986 was the year of our first divorce referendum.
The coming year will mark the fifth centenary of the start of the Reformation. In 1517, the German monk, Martin Luther, hammered his 95 'theses' to the church door at Wittenberg objecting to various practices within the Catholic Church, not least the sale of indulgences.
Even if you view Jesus Christ simply as a human being, not the Word Incarnate, on Christmas Day we still celebrate one of the most epochal events in world history; his birth. However you look it at, the birth of this man was the start of an immense, culture-changing series of events that have resonated through history, and in almost all parts of the world down to the present day.
France's "Zombie Catholics Have Risen - and They're Voting", says the headline in the American journal, 'Foreign Policy'. The writer isn't best pleased about that. Clue? His use of the word 'zombie'. But his displeasure is kind of beside the point. The point is that in very secular France, millions of Catholic voters have suddenly emerged from the woodwork, or their graves if you prefer, and helped to make Francois Fillon the Republican party candidate and current favourite in next year's presidential election.
People love Pope Francis to comment on politics when it suits them. The Pope was in Mexico earlier this year, not long after Donald Trump made his infamous remarks about Mexicans and "rapists" and building a wall. Speaking to journalists on the plane back to Rome afterwards, quick as a flash, Francis was asked to comment on Mr Trump's remarks.
What happens to political correctness when its ability to bully everyone into silence comes to an end? The Donald Trump victory signals that it is coming to an end. Strange as it may seem for someone like me to say, if it came to a complete end, that would be a bad thing because the basic instinct of political correctness is good; protect minorities.
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