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Dr Peter Boylan looked incredulous on the RTÉ Six-One News.“This is 2017. It’s Ireland. Can we not grow up and just stop… handing over State assets to a religious order?” asked the former Master of the National Maternity Hospital....
If there really is a recovery, Paddy seems determined not to learn any lessons from the greed and stupidity that drove us to the poorhouse, writes Donal O’Keeffe.A few years ago, the editor of the Avondhu was chatting with...
"I know I should be grateful," says "Kate" (not her real name) as she starts crying. "And I am. It's just…" She bursts into tears."I'm sorry."Kate is an asylum-seeker. For the past year, she has lived with her young...
“Emily Helena (indecipherable) Daughter. But O for the touch of a vanish’d hand.”Another small gravestone still reads “Sacred to the memory of Jane, daughter of Edwd. and Maria Jennings, 39th Regt, who died Jan 31st 1869 aged 2.”, writes...
By Donal O’Keeffe“It’s six o’clock on RTÉ1 and we go shortly to Bryan Dobson and Sharon Ní Bheoláin for the Six One News, but first we pause for the new-look Angelus.”On your screen, sunlight sparkles on water, breaking through...
Last week I did something I’ve never done before.I lodged a planning objection.The development to which I objected is proposed for a dangerously-derelict property, in a neighbourhood twenty miles from my home. Perhaps I should mind my own business.But...
Irish society was completely warped by the Catholic Church, writes Donal O’Keeffe. It’s time for a-la-carte Catholics to think about what they condone.The Catholic archbishop of Tuam, Michael Neary, last week called for the inquiry into mother-and-baby homes to...
It was all true. Every word. 796 babies, dumped in a septic tank in Tuam.Last Friday, the Mother and Baby Home Commission of Investigation announced it has found “significant amounts of human remains” in what was a disused sewage...

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