Ireland, abortion and legal clarity

As an Irishman, I was ashamed when news broke earlier this week about the appalling death of Savita Halappanavar from septicaemia in an Irish hospital. There have been outflows of sympathy, frustration, disbelief and anger in both Ireland and India. People have been protesting outside Parliament, in the newspapers, on radio and online against the […]

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Missing the Point of Oxmas

Very much bowing to commercial pressure, it is nowadays quite normal for Christmas cheer to leak into September, having already flooded October and practically drowned November. Being rather averse to such trends, when, during last year’s surprise October heat wave, representatives of the premature Christmas tat pushing trade appeared on regional news bemoaning wilting business, […]

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Big Fat Gypsy lies

An interview with Bridget Deadman, who appeared on ‘Thelma’s Gypsy Girls’ (Channel 4), conducted by Amy Addison-Dunne, offer-holder at Ruskin College Before ‘ My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’ was released, I will admit that I had never thought that deeply about the racial abuse and discrimination the Gypsy and Travellers’ community faced from non-Travellers. Unfortunately, […]

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