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There’s a sunny afternoon in our future, not thirty years from now, a bittersweet day when hundreds of people will gather at Áras an Uachtaráin. Tears will mingle with smiles, and the President of Ireland will apologise for our...
Cork has long loved its library, and last year celebrated 125 years of the Library Service. Donal O’Keeffe visits a village at the heart of the city. “The Library is the last democratic space in Irish society,” says Tina Healy,...
I kept wondering last week if I was the only person in Ireland who had seen Stephen Frears’ 2013 Oscar-nominated comedy-drama  'Philomena', writes Donal O’Keeffe. Last week, the child and family agency Tusla revealed that - between 1946 and 1969...
Under the green gaze of John Mandeville, a red-faced man roars at a pregnant woman that she is a murderer. In the Square in Mitchelstown, on the Sunday evening before the referendum vote, a middle-aged man exits a pub and...
Abortion affects people in Clogheen, in Burncourt, in Glanworth, in Kilworth, in Rathcormac. This Friday, you decide whether Ireland continues to exile a dozen women a day, or whether we put an end to 35 years of cruelty and...
The Eighth Amendment was never really about abortion, writes Donal O’Keeffe. That might seem a very odd thing to say, in the only country in the democratic world to have a constitutional ban on abortion, but there was, in 1983,...
I dreamed the referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment had been lost, claims Donal O’Keeffe, and – after 35 years – the ‘pro-life’ still had no idea how Ireland should deal with crisis pregnancies. In my dream, it was 11am on...
Bridget Dolan was 26 years old when she entered the Tuam Mother and Baby Home. It was 1946, and Bridget was pregnant, alone, and terrified. She had no idea she would one day become a figure of considerable historical...

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