Laundry apologists live among us

It’s easy to blame Church and State for all the ills that have blighted Irish society. Warehousing the poor in workhouses; separating children from their parents in industrial schools for the crime of poverty; enslaving women in Magdalene laundries for the crime of pregnancy. But those whose ancestors incarcerated women with the temerity to bear children [...]

Boys need help with body image too

I grew up looking at images of ‘heroin chic’ supermodels, for whom nothing tasted better than how thin felt. 1990s beauty standards were defined by Kate Moss’s protruding ribs, while teen girls’ magazines warned of an epidemic of anorexia and bulimia. https://www.flickr.com/photos/9355127@N07/35710732331/in/photostream/ The term body-shaming hadn’t been coined yet, but the rise of magazines outlining [...]

Thanks, Gaybo, for revealing the real meaning of life

When Gay Byrne spoke to Ray D’Arcy this week about the TV show, ‘Once More With Feeling: The Meaning of Life’, which aired last night, we all perked up a little bit, and listened. Perhaps because of his reticence in expressing his opinions over the years, Gaybo has been conferred, as he ages, with an almost [...]

2018-05-31T18:10:01+00:00 May 31st, 2018|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Storm in a B cup over J Law's dress

It’s been labelled a ‘furore’ but a supposed controversy about Jennifer Lawrence in a skimpy dress on a cold day is the very definition of a storm in a B cup. J Law, who’s got more attitude in her little finger than most Hollywood starlets put together, was snapped at an event promoting her new film [...]

2018-04-04T13:00:22+00:00 April 4th, 2018|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Telling the truth is a no-no in Irish politics

It’s a truth rarely acknowledged in Irish politics that, well, the truth is rarely acknowledged in Irish politics. Families are ‘hardworking’, even those who aren’t. All pensioners are lonely and impoverished. The middle classes are ‘squeezed’, even when they demonstrably are well able to afford two cars and three holidays a year. The over 70s [...]

Gambling with our kids' futures

There are dangers we anticipate ahead of our children in their journey in life. Roadblocks like illness, or bullying, diversions like getting in with the wrong crowd. Behavioural issues, problems at school, and when they’re a bit older, inadvisable experimenting with drink and drugs. Many of these dangers are amplified by the internet, with cyber-bullying, grooming [...]

2018-12-01T09:52:41+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Categories: Print|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

If the carrot doesn't work, it's time for the stick for sexists

  Ann is in the kitchen helping Mammy make the dinner. Barry is in the garden helping Daddy mow the lawn. Nobody knows what Mammy and Daddy talk about if they ever meet in some strange in between place, but it’s definitely not the equal division of labour or gender fluidity. And they aren’t alone. Despite [...]

The magic of Potter wasn't just in the story, but its impact

Twenty years ago this week, something magical happened. With the publication of one book about a seemingly unremarkable bespectacled boy, reading suddenly mattered again. For a generation - two, by now - Harry Potter was the boy who lived, in our hearts and in our minds. His creator, Joanne Rowling (known as JK, because it was [...]

The NMH: it's not about money. It's about control.

It feels like not a week goes by without another GUBU moment in Irish public life. At this relatively early point in 2017, most of us already have news fatigue from what feels like a constant round of scandals, revelations and condemnations. For most of the past year I’ve been safely swaddled in the comfort blanket [...]

Is there anything more terrifying than the prospect of a reunion?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYPnUrREbRg It’s one of those emails that fills you with dread… are you ready for your ten year college reunion? Am I heck. I was a joiner in college. I was the best gosh darn joiner you ever met. I was on the students’ union, joined about 40 clubs and societies, and generally made a [...]