Conquering the pale lamp of our dreams
The Moon landing ultimately glorified God, writes David Quinn   The first man in space was the Russian Yuri Gagarin in 1961. After he returned to Earth he was reportedly asked if he saw God while he was up there. He apparently replied, “I looked and looked and looked but I didn’t see God”, although…
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Diversity – a mixed blessing
There are prices to be paid for greater social variety, writes David Quinn   ‘Diversity’ is the new religion of Ireland. It is one of those words that is never challenged, is constantly promoted and is simply assumed to be a good in itself. Celebrate it, we’re told. ‘Diversity’ is ‘inclusive’. ‘Diversity’ is ‘compassionate’. These…
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A hateful fantasy
Claims that Ireland was repressed in the 1980s are absurd, writes David Quinn   ‘Why were we so hateful?’, the editorial in the Irish Examiner asked of Irish people living in the 1980s. A feature last weekend in the Irish Independent described the same decade as “traumatising” for women. The 1980s is in the spotlight…
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The rise of the Green ‘Holy Joe’
Talk is cheap when it comes to environmental piety, writes David Quinn   Greta Thunberg is a 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl who has risen to prominence lately by warning us of an impending environmental apocalypse if we do not immediately make drastic changes to the way we live. Thunberg was the initiator of the first school…
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Voting away society’s building blocks in a factual vacuum
The deconstruction of marriage continues apace, writes David Quinn.   The divorce referendum has passed by a margin of 82% to 18%. To put it another way, more than 1.3 million people voted in favour of it and about 300,000 voted against. The turnout was 50%. What exactly did people vote for? In their own…
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No big move by Francis on women deacons
Lack of past practice suggests Pope won’t make profound change, writes David Quinn   Pope Francis appears to have poured cold water for the time being on the idea of women deacons, or at least of something equivalent to the male deaconate. The Pope had established a commission in 2016 to examine the issue. It…
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Sacrifices in the name of choice

An obsession with autonomy is driving up Ireland’s abortion rate, writes David Quinn   It was a classic case of ‘burying the lede’, that is to say, the real lead was not what the report highlighted. Instead the headline on the RTÉ website read: “Concerns raised about implementing new abortion laws.” The story was about…

A choice that’s not respected

One minority is consistently ignored in today’s Ireland, writes David Quinn   Minorities today often receive preferential status. This is to compensate in many cases for a past in which minorities were often discriminated against or rendered invisible. The compensation takes many forms. One is protection from criticism, hence politically correct policing of the things…

Mixed signals from the Government don’t add up
Mothers and fathers are different and we shouldn’t be afraid to say so, writes David Quinn   This is a very strange and contradictory Government. On the one hand it is preparing a new law that will allow a couple not to record themselves on a birth certificate as the mother and father of their…
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How we buried our poor
The latest Tuam interim report invites a host of questions, writes David Quinn   The latest interim report by the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes was issued last week. This new report is concerned mainly with finding out what happened to the dead infants and children in the various institutions under investigation.…
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