Like every other sane person on the planet, I am appalled at the carnage in Paris. It is almost beyond words that some human beings could be so brutal and vicious in praise of their God and religion, but it happens.
How does it happen? What is it meant to achieve?
I was down in Galway a few weeks ago to appear on television arguing the ‘No’ side of the Presidential age referendum. That turned out to be good fun – especially scaring the colour out of my friends’ faces when I told them I was arguing for the ‘No’ side as detailed here.
It turned out to be an interesting debate and I was wowed by the professionalism and attention to detail shown by the UTV staff. They really do an excellent job in directing the debate and keeping it relevant and balanced. Continue reading
I have been having quite an amusing week. I had been asked to go on a TV panel discussion on UTV to argue the case for a ‘No’ vote in the upcoming referendum on lowering the age requirement for the President to 21, but for fun I left out which referendum vote for which I was putting the ‘No’ case, leading to much hilarity.
Many of my friends blanched at the news, and I could see their anger rising as I cheerfully kept up my enthusiasm for a ‘No’ vote. Of course, I couldn’t continue this charade very long – partly because I am just not that funny, and partly because I feel I have a moral obligation to try to persuade as many people as possible to vote ‘Yes’ on marriage equality. Continue reading
One of the things of which we ‘pride’ ourselves in this country is our ability to make our own decisions. Since independence, we have been able to choose our own way, even if in some cases it has brought us to the brink of disaster.
Nonetheless, the ability to decide among ourselves what is best for us was the whole point of seeking independence, and maintaining such independence should be our tribute to all those who in the past were killed, silenced or marginalised because they fought for that freedom.