Gay retained the Catholicism his mother brought to him

Liberals celebrated Byrne because he challenged the supremacy of the Catholic Church: but bishops’ misjudgements played into his hands, writes Mary Kenny   Everyone agrees that Gay Byrne was a broadcasting genius. He could draw any story out of anyone: knew instinctively how to handle it either sensitively, robustly or jokingly: and always had complete…

Loneliness is a fact of life for many of us after 50

A third of Irish adults over the age of 50 report feeling lonely some of the time, according to a study carried out by Trinity College Dublin. Among those over 75, loneliness is even more prevalent. Unsurprisingly, loneliness is often accompanied by depression. A certain degree of loneliness is, I think, inevitable in the older years.…

Students of sociology – here’s a suggestion…

Does the provision of free and accessible contraception – to be introduced in Ireland within the next 18 months – halt the rate of abortion? There is a very useful opportunity for some sociology student to address this question, perhaps as a PhD thesis, over the next five years. Many people have believed that contraception…