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 [...]

Confirmation should be a conscious choice, not an automatic ritual

[polldaddy poll=8623303] The latest utterances of Pope Francis have rather ruined the reputation he was beginning to get among liberals; suggesting that Catholic women do not have to "breed like rabbits" while continuing to forbid the use of contraception confirms that yes, the Pope is a Catholic. The Bishop of Limerick, Brendan Leahy, has made the [...]

Paying to see a pic of a topless girl in a paper is almost quaint nowadays

  Ooh er, is that an ankle I see?   Farewell to Carly from Leicester and her views on David Cameron. Farewell, finally, to the mortification of women everywhere who have mistakenly picked up the Sun only to be greeted by a perky pair, when all they wanted to know was what went on [...]

2018-12-01T09:56:35+00:00 January 23rd, 2015|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , |

Sex may sell, but judgement sells better… just ask Renee Zellweger

Renee Zellweger as Bridget Jones No woman is an island, and judging another diminishes us all. OK, so it’s not quite what John Donne said (he was mainly focussed on men, and, well, death). Sex always sells, but in the last year or so, it seems as if feminism sells as well. Beyoncé has [...]

2018-12-01T09:56:36+00:00 October 28th, 2014|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , |

The internet is for [property] porn

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiFD6EFVsTg] There’s a song in the puppet musical Avenue Q, which recently toured Ireland, called ‘The internet is for porn’. They should’ve adapted it for Ireland, because it seems our national obsession - no, not drink - has returned with a vengeance, in the vanguard of ‘The Recovery’™. The internet is for property porn. It’s back. [...]

2018-12-01T09:56:36+00:00 September 14th, 2014|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , |

We shall overcome

I spent last Friday afternoon at the first in a long line of Christmas lunches, which I spent (enjoyably) arguing about feminism with the PR guy beside me. People like to argue about feminism with me quite a lot, since we started doing The F Word on RTE Today every Tuesday. Because it happens so often, [...]

2018-12-01T09:57:18+00:00 December 9th, 2013|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , |

The world wasn't built in a day, but the Church takes longer to change

In 1986, as the extent of the AIDS crisis in the West became apparent, Pope Benedict was still Cardinal Ratzinger and headed the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. As the go-to guy on the Church’s theology, he wrote that homosexuality was a “strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil”. That has been the [...]

2013-08-31T12:00:33+00:00 August 31st, 2013|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , |