Don’t Hate The Gays, Hate The Mothers Who Made Them Gay

The recent decision by a majority of voters in Ireland to support the inclusion of marriage-equality in our constitution continues to echo around the world, particularly amongst dismayed Christian fundamentalists in the United States. The positive outcome in the referendum is viewed by many in that quarter as a defeat in the alleged – and presumably global – “cultural war” being waged against their faith by… Read More Don’t Hate The Gays, Hate The Mothers Who Made Them Gay

Fathers And Mothers Matter, Respect And Understanding Not So Much

We are in the last week of the referendum campaign debating the addition of a new sub-section to Bunreacht na hÉireann defining marriage as a gender-neutral institution. In other words, permitting hetero- and homosexual marriages under the Irish constitution (with specific legislation to follow). For the last 48 hours the moronically-named grouping “Mothers and Fathers… Read More Fathers And Mothers Matter, Respect And Understanding Not So Much

Bronze Age Desert Cults Dislike The 21st Century

Well here’s two doubly depressing reports relating to the upcoming constitutional referendum which – if successful – will see a clause added to Bunreacht na hÉireann permitting marriage between two legally eligible citizens regardless of their gender. From the UK’s Guardian newspaper: “…a bitter row has broken out between supporters and opponents over the funding… Read More Bronze Age Desert Cults Dislike The 21st Century

The Super Scary, Quite Contrary Equal-Marriage Referendum In Ireland

Buzzfeed, the popular American click-bait site which has recently acquired a serious case of the journalistic respectables, has a fairly lengthy article on the upcoming referendum in Ireland which proposes adding a clause to the constitution defining marriage in a gender-neutral manner (or as the opponents to the amendment would have it: imperilling heterosexual relationships and families, inculcating homosexuality into our schoolchildren… Read More The Super Scary, Quite Contrary Equal-Marriage Referendum In Ireland

The International Lesbian Conspiracy To Sap My Precious Bodily Fluids

Here is a warning to all true Irishmen, one that we disregard at our peril, from Tom Finnegan, a legal advisor to Mothers and Fathers Matter, a “No” supporting group in the upcoming constitutional referendum on marriage equality, as reported by the Irish Times: “Mr Finnegan said that, if the referendum passes, homosexual married couples would have the same… Read More The International Lesbian Conspiracy To Sap My Precious Bodily Fluids

Yes To Equality

There are many fair and progressive reasons to vote yes in the expected referendum on marriage equality later this year and I agree with most of them. However there is a less immediately obvious reason to support the constitutional amendment on same-sex relationships. A positive vote in the plebiscite will send out from Ireland a message of… Read More Yes To Equality

Ireland’s Supreme Court, Rights Of Irish-Speaking Citizens Are Conditional

Several writers and activists have protested recently at my characterization of Irish-speakers in Ireland as second-class citizens with second-class rights. They say it goes too far and misrepresents the true political and legal situation for Hibernophones in this country. So, in answer, from a report today by RTÉ: “A native Irish speaker who is due… Read More Ireland’s Supreme Court, Rights Of Irish-Speaking Citizens Are Conditional

How Can The Irish State Ignore The Wishes Of 41% Of Its Citizens?

An article in the Irish Times by Seán Tadgh Ó Gairbhí examining the reaction of people in Ireland to the texting in the Irish language by the Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is well worth reading. As are the many Comments underneath. Some are positive. Some are simply depressing. “On Monday night, Chris Hadfield became the… Read More How Can The Irish State Ignore The Wishes Of 41% Of Its Citizens?

Where’s The Irish At The Irish Constitutional Convention?

As I have noted many times before there is a certain desire in the body politic (and its media acolytes) to reduce even further the legal status of the Irish-speaking citizens and communities of Ireland and that of the Irish language in general. We have seen it demonstrated recently in the drive by the Fine Gael-Labour coalition to rip apart the Official Languages Act of 2003,… Read More Where’s The Irish At The Irish Constitutional Convention?