The Sisters of Uncharitable Actions

Simon Harris shamelessly announced that the Sisters Of Charity were to be the sole owners of the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH) in Dublin. Within five days of this announcement nearly 100,000 people had signed a petition against it.

The Sisters of Uncharitable Actions

Linda Kehoe Yet despite the public, medical and political uproar he has continued to defend his position, saying that the new NMH will “have clinical and operational independence in the provision of maternity, gynaecology and neonatal services, without religious, ethnic or other distinction, as well as financial and budgetary independence”. How can he say this […]

How International Women’s Day began

International Women’s Day has always been a day of action, not a day for flowers and passivity!

How International Women’s Day began

This year on the 8th March we are being called upon to #BeBoldForChange and to #StrikeForRepeal. Every year, for over a century, women have had cause to march because our society values women less than men. We are paid less, promoted less often, less likely to hold office, more likely to be unemployed and more likely […]

Another sad loss in a bad year: The passing of George Michael

The relentlessly-positive Wham! duo of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley burst onto the British stage in the early 1980s. While Ridgeley faded from the celebrity stage George Michael's solo career, good humour and drug-fuelled antics kept him a household name until his death on Christmas Day.

Another sad loss in a bad year: The passing of George Michael

George was the embodiment of 1990’s pop, but there were hints throughout his career, and in revelations since his death that he wasn’t simply the rich playboy the media often portrayed him as. The seemingly apolitical Wham! released “Wham!- Rap!” with the lyric “I ain’t never gonna work” advocating the dole life as a good […]

Abortion – the Arguments

Abortion – the Arguments

“Abortion” is a word surrounded with stigma and shame, and it’s time to change that. We need open factual discussions about abortion; we owe it to every Irish woman denied control over her own reproductive rights. Irish women have abortions; last year 1,017 abortion pills were seized by customs and 3,451 Irish women procured abortions […]

The Threat of TTIP

TTIP, the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, sounds boring. It is a proposed EU–US trade agreement which is scheduled to be ratified later this year. It may sound innocent and progressive – just about facilitating trade - but do not be fooled; TTIP and its sister agreement CETA (between the EU and Canada) are dangerous deals that puts the interests of big business before the interests of people, their health and our environment.

The Threat of TTIP

TTIP, the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, sounds boring. It is a proposed EU–US trade agreement which is scheduled to be ratified later this year. It may sound innocent and progressive – just about facilitating trade – but do not be fooled; TTIP and its sister agreement CETA (between the EU and Canada) are dangerous […]

FG/FF fiddle while Rome burns – trolley crisis worsens

FG/FF fiddle while Rome burns – trolley crisis worsens

Our hospitals are paying the price for the FG and FF post-election power plays. While Enda and Martin twiddle their thumbs 50 days after the election overcrowding in our hospitals is at crisis point. It is not an ‘issue’ to be side-lined until a new government can be formed nor a ‘problem’ for which some […]

Crossing and challenging borders

Linda Kehoe reviews Sense8 – the latest offering from the Wachowski siblings.

Crossing and challenging borders

Linda Kehoe reviews Sense8 – the latest offering from the Wachowski siblings. There is much talk about Sense8 – which is available on Netflix. It is a TV series about eight people who become connected despite those perceived borders of language, race, religion, gender and sexuality and the actual borders of continents. We could be […]

Nepalese Earthquake – unnecessary tragedy

Natural disasters cannot be prevented but they can be prepared for. While the risk of earthquake occurrence cannot be reduced, the risk of devastation can be and showed the devastation that nature can wreak. Despite the warnings that an earthquake was “scientifically inevitable and historically overdue” and the fact that it is the world’s 11th most-at-risk country for earthquakes (2nd-most-at-risk for natural disasters) Nepal was not prepared. As a result the April 25 earthquake in Nepal took 8700 lives, injured 17000 others.

Nepalese Earthquake –  unnecessary tragedy

Linda Kehoe, who has worked in Nepal, explains why the earthquake claimed so many lives. Natural disasters cannot be prevented but they can be prepared for. While the risk of earthquake occurrence cannot be reduced, the risk of devastation can be and showed the devastation that nature can wreak. Despite the warnings that an earthquake […]