In August of 1915, Patrick H. Pearse, future president and commander-in-chief of the Provisional Government and Army of the Irish Republic, wrote a character study of the late Fenian revolutionary, Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa, where he stated with approval that the latter was: “…not only ‘extreme’, but he represented the left wing of the ‘extremists’. Not only… Read More Not Merely Free But Gaelic 1916-2016
The Irish branch of Amnesty International has published the details of a poll it commissioned from Red:C Research & Marketing which seems to show majority support for a more comprehensive introduction of the medical procedure of abortion to Ireland. The survey interviewed 1,004 adults by phone between the 1st and 3rd of February 2016 with another 1,002 surveyed in the same manner between the 18th and… Read More 73% Favour Referendum On The 8th Amendment
Over the last three years of writing the Sionnach Fionn blog there have been a number of subjects that have drawn vigorous responses from readers, both regular and passers-by. The continued British occupation of the north-east of our island nation, and the conflicts it has engendered. The place of the Irish language and Irish-speakers in modern Ireland and… Read More Opposing Abortion Based On Fact Not On Faith
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
No doubt most of you are aware that the referendum proposing the addition of a gender-neutral description of marriage to Bunreacht na hÉireann was passed by the Irish electorate last Friday, and with a substantive majority. In future – and the very near future – same-sex marriages will become legal in Ireland, once the… Read More LGBT Rights In Ireland Cannot Be Partitioned
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
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
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
As you may have guessed An Sionnach Fionn fully supports the proposed amendment to the definition of marriage as outlined in Article 41 of Bunreacht na hÉireann. The addition of a new section will state that Féadfaidh beirt, gan beann ar a ngnéas, conradh pósta a dhéanamh de réir dlí or literally “Two persons may, without regard to their sex, make… Read More Tabhair Dom Do Lámh
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
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
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
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?
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?
The much heralded Constitutional Convention is finally on the horizon after many a false dawn. According to the Irish Times: “The Taoiseach and the Tánaiste are to brief Opposition leaders Micheál Martin and Gerry Adams as well as the Dáil’s Technical Group this evening on the Government’s plans for the proposed Constitutional Convention. Mr Kenny and… Read More What About Our Irish Rights?
There’s been something of a surprise result from Latvia where a national referendum has rejected moves to make Russian the second official language of the small Baltic nation along with Latvian. In an unusually high turnout which saw 70% of registered voters going to the polls, a majority of 75% voted against the proposal, much… Read More From Irish Ireland To English Ireland