Category: Comment & Analysis

The ‘Nordies’ and the ‘Free Staters’

A hundred years after Northern Ireland was established by an act of partition is a timely moment to look back over that historical development. ​And I think, if we are being honest, we on the southern side of the border had an ambivalent attitude over many decades. We deplored partition – naturally – and it was a…

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Inevitable backlash to standard Catholic sex-ed teachings

The backlash to the bishops’ sexual education programme was eminently predictable, writes Ruadhán Jones Back in 2015, shortly before the passing of the Marriage Referendum which legalised gay marriage in Ireland, then Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan promised school curriculum would not be changed in the event of the Constitutional redefinition of marriage. She said: “Currently…

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Wreaking havoc with Ireland’s weddings

The landscape remains grim for those hoping to tie the knot with what remains of 2021, writes Jason Osborne Come Monday, 50 guests will be allowed to attend weddings, but indoor receptions will remain capped at six guests while 15 will be permitted for outdoor celebrations. It’s been alluded to that numbers for receptions will…

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Awakening to the meaning of ‘woke’

We are witnessing an irrational demand for the endless purging of sin from the body politic, writes Kingsley Jones If you are reading this then you are concerned about ‘wokism’, about the fact that the tone of our political and social disagreements is growing ever more strident, that we seem to be on the verge…

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