Laundering the Magdalene Past

“They took my hair, they took my human rights, they took my clothes, they took my name, but they never took my spirit” -...

New Politics is damaging Irish politics

New Politics is a disaster and is damaging not just Irish politics, but almost certainly Irish democracy too, writes Donal O’Keeffe. “No matter who you...

In a world that can often be unkind, we are blessed...

It was still warm up on the viaduct last Saturday at dusk, and darkness was gathering behind the ruined tower of Carrickabrick Castle. Across...

‘This is Dave from the bank…’

“Hello, hi there, and thank you for taking our call this afternoon. This is Dave from the bank.” It was Monday lunchtime and my friend...

Tinder accused got a fair trial. If only the same could...

by Donal O’Keeffe “You stitch-up scumbag!” roared the acquitted man at the prosecuting Garda. “You stitch-up bastard! I’ll get you again, you stitch-up c***”!” At the...

If abortion really is murder, why no ‘pro-life’ pickets at ports &...

If so-called “pro-life” campaigners were sincere about abortion, then thousands of them would every day picket Irish ports and airports, writes Donal O’Keeffe. Imagine living...

The life of the dead is placed in the memory of...

I was thinking of Ollie Ryan recently. This week will no doubt see a plethora of newspaper headlines saying “It was fifty years ago today”,...

Five animal carcasses and several barrels of blood – just another...

It’s three years now since I first took a drive with John Mulvihill along the boreens and byroads up towards Mountain Barracks. John works as...

Demonising welfare recipients to woo the Blueshirt Hang ‘Em And Flog...

“Okay, Martin, ready to play ‘Isn’t Leo Brilliant For Going After Social Welfare Recipient Scum’?” “Ready Bob!” “If someone is claiming social welfare, are they...

No-one in authority will ever pay for the betrayal of Grace....

“Grace cut a sad figure in a wretched state who was voiceless, dirty and whose only possession was a child’s toy which she held...

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