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All Opinions My Own

Making pawns of people who have Down syndrome is cruel and...

This past fortnight, Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) asked that those of us who have Down syndrome not be used as poster children in the...

Ann Lovett 1968 – January 31 1984

34 years ago today, Ann Lovett died after giving birth at a grotto in Granard. Ann’s death changed an Ireland which is still trying...

The very least we can do for survivors like Sheila is...

Sheila was 19 when she was imprisoned in 1976 for the crime of 'falling pregnant'. She was enslaved and subjected to appalling cruelty, and...

Liam Neeson seems completely out of touch on #MeToo

I know, I know. Liam Neeson is a 65-year-old rich, white, male movie star. I shouldn’t be disappointed that he seems completely out of...

Trump continues to prove Obama right

In August 2016, the then US president Barack Obama, did something that seemed at the time extraordinary. He straight-out said that the then Republican presidential...

Scientology? The last thing Ireland needs is another dangerous, manipulative religious...

I confess I got a genuine belly-laugh from the front page of the Irish Examiner on Stephen Zuss Day.   The second lead story -...

“Grief is hiding in the mundane” – RTÉ’s Brian O’Connell on...

Brian O’Connell lost one of his closest friends – the singer and musician Brian Carey - to suicide this year. In a new RTÉ...

Visiting Santa’s grave on Christmas Eve

Last Christmas Eve, I visited the grave of Santa Claus. The first thing to say, of course, is that Santa Claus does not – and...

‘I won’t survive another winter on the street’ – Kathleen O’Sullivan...

“I won’t survive another winter on the streets,” Kathleen O’Sullivan told me, as she lay in the doorway in which she would die a...

Old differences resurface, as Brexit goes to the wire

Martyn Turner, the brilliant Irish Times cartoonist, told a story during the dark days of the Troubles. If memory serves, Turner had given a...

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