Marriage just Isn’t what it used to be

Those who oppose the forthcoming Marriage Equality Referendum argue that it will fundamentally change the definition of marriage. The core of their argument is that marriage has always been defined as a legal bond between a man and a woman and its uniqueness lies in the fact that only such a bond can produce children. This definition therefore excludes the... Read More

Posted: 26 March 2015

Book Review

Living With a Wild God: A Non-Believer’s Search for the Truth about Everything. By Barbara Ehrenreich

In the spring of 2001, the writer Barbara Ehrenreich was invited to donate her papers to a university.  While assembling the usual collection of unpublished manuscripts and notebooks, she came across a folder that, for forty -eight years, had survived her multiple moves. In all that time, she had never re-opened it, never mentioned or referred to it – yet always remembered to... Read More

Posted: 16 August 2014


Maureen Gaffney - Ireland’s boom and bust ‘was mania combined with anxiety’

In 2006, when the economy was at full throttle, powering inexorably towards a cliff that had yet to loom into view, the annual Gallup survey of national wellbeing placed Irish people in eighth place on its global index. Seventy per cent of Irish people told the pollster they were thriving. On a scale of one to 10, they ranked their... Read More

Posted: 14 June 2014

Book Review

It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens By Danah Boyd

‘Kids today. They have no sense of shame. They have no sense of privacy. They are show-offs, fame whores, pornographic little loons who post their diaries, their phone numbers, their stupid poetry –for God’s sake their dirty photos! –online’   So wrote Emily Nussbaum in her New York Magazine article lamenting the death of privacy.  It is one of the example of what Danah Boyd... Read More

Posted: 17 May 2014

Book Review

An Act of Love by Marie Fleming

I came to Marie Fleming’s book knowing just a few facts about her. I knew that she suffered from multiple sclerosis. Faced by the certai prospect of an even more egregious deterioration in her already frail health, which would deprive her of the capacity to end her own life if it became unbearable, in 2012 she took a landmark case... Read More

Posted: 22 February 2014


How the Irish just got on with things after the financial crash

Did Ireland’s bailout in December 2010 constitute a national trauma? Well, it certainly seemed so at the time. The government was floundering.  The airways were alight with forecasts of national doom.  It seemed that the game was up for Ireland . We watched in horror as our hard won view of ourselves dissolved before our eyes. What we had painstakingly built up over the preceding... Read More

Posted: 13 December 2013