Category: Opinion

There is a silence around what is happening in our prisons. Earlier this month the Department of Justice published four reports on prisoners who had died while on temporary release. The reports describe very vulnerable individuals who have been failed by society, by social services, education services and the prison service. Did you see anything…

Dear Editor, the appointment by Pope Francis of Marie Collins to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors is wonderful news. Mrs Collins has been a powerful and courageous voice who has spoken not only for herself, but on behalf of those who cannot speak out about their experiences. The setting up of the…

Dear Editor, At their annual Ard Fheis at the weekend Fianna Fáil delegates passed a motion calling on the Government to invite Pope Francis to Ireland. Let’s hope that Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore will have the graciousness to do so. Where there was talk of Pope Benedict XVI visiting – a great…

Dear Editor, There has been much talk in Catholic Church circles about next year’s planned referendum to permit same-sex marriage. Can I be alone in looking towards the referendum campaign with trepidation? Recent months have shown that there is very little temperance in Ireland when it comes to public debates about sensitive moral issues. Undoubtedly,…

Dear Editor, Mags Gargan ( IC 27/2/14) is to be congratulated upon her timely and useful guide for couples getting married; it contains much which will aid, I feel, to the importance of the occasion.  One of those useful guides was the month, weekly and finally daily, check list of what to do; however, with one…