When Leo Varadker made his sexual orientation public last week, a brief and transient thought flashed through the minds of his party colleagues, the media and the general public – does the fact that he is gay prevent him in any way from doing or holding his job as Minister for Health?
Thankfully, we now live in an Ireland that doesn’t discriminate politically between people based on the gender of people to whom they are attracted, and we have all moved on. But Mr Varadker’s announcement raised a few more fundamental questions. Continue reading
There are probably five or six gay people working as TDs in the Dail, but maybe as many as 15 or 16 – given that it’s hard to estimate and define ‘gayness’ as opposed to bisexuality or once-off encounters. An ERSI survey in Ireland reported that 7.1% of men and 4.7% of women reported having a homosexual experience in their lives, but only 2.7% of men and 1.2% of women self-identified as being gay. Which proves that some people have a problem with that definition.
This is one of the difficulties of defining people by their sexuality. Sexuality is a spectrum for many people and an evolving identity. That is why it is so important that Health Minister Leo Varadker has chosen to ‘come out’ as a gay man. Continue reading
“Wild Christian Brothers, sharpening their leathers
Learn it by rote that’s the rule,
All I remember is dreading September and school”
One of the most interesting things about making notes during my illness was the lack of correlation between my memory and my notes. It wasn’t that there was any factual difference, it was more of a personality difference.
Let me explain that. Continue reading
If you’ve even been involved in a traffic jam on a motorway and wondered what the hold-up was, only to find that when you get to the release point, all that was holding up traffic was the drivers in front of you ‘rubber-necking’ an accident on the other side of the road, then you understand the current crisis in emergency rooms. Continue reading
I’ve been a journalist for most of my adult life and, as that implies, I’ve spent time wondering about the nature of media and truth, and whether or not there is any correlation between the two. We journalists don’t set out to distort reality, and some of us do a fine job in exposing truths that many would prefer to keep hidden, but the journalistic process is still something that can tend to obscure. Continue reading
How do you go about picking someone suitable for poking around in your innards? Well, ideally, they should have a medical degree and some training in surgery, and if they have a well-publicized mistake in their history, well, that’s just a bonus. Continue reading