Dying with dignity is a mendacious misnomer

One of the most mendacious aspects of the Dying with Dignity bill, it seems to me, is calling it ‘dying with dignity’. It is an assisted suicide measure, and if truth meant anything in the public realm, that is what it should be called. ‘Dying with dignity’ is a propaganda phrase which deliberately implies that…

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Pubs and the Church – what do they have in common?

Years ago, the Vintners Association of Ireland were concerned that the Pioneer movement would exert sufficient influence on the Government to restrict the opening hours of public houses. But how gentle and civilised were the advocates of temperance in comparison to the ferocious damage being wrought by the Covid pandemic, and the nostrums of those…

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The best of recent news

Surely the best health news announced recently was that wild polio has now been officially eradicated from Africa. This was an ambition declared by Nelson Mandela in 1996, and it has now been achieved: the 47 countries in the continent of Africa have been certified by the World Health Organisation as “free of polio”. ‘Wild…

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Yes, there will be suffering…

A Co. Kildare doctor, Adrian McGoldrick, who is recovering from the coronavirus, has warned others that an attack of Covid-19 can leave them with heart conditions and other health issues. “Don’t think that you can get the virus and that you will not suffer,” he has said. “Treat this virus with respect…this is going to be…

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The reign in Spain may depend on good behaviour

The former king, Juan Carlos of Spain – who has gone into voluntarily exile after a series of scandals – would not be the first Bourbon monarch to be in trouble because of money matters and an unwise extra-marital liaison. It is understood that Juan Carlos’ son, Felipe, insisted his father leave Spain because of…

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