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Friday 1 May, 2015

Can you name one gender-specific parenting attribute? Me neither.
# Opinion
# Opinion

Can you name one gender-specific parenting attribute? Me neither.

May 1st 2015, 1:00 PM 95 Views 119 Comments

Peel away the fluffy platitudes behind the ‘complementarity’ of men and women in marriage and you’ll find a troublesome ideology.

Saturday 24 January, 2015

Column: On marriage equality and the red herring of raising children
# Marriage
# Marriage

Column: On marriage equality and the red herring of raising children

Jan 24th 2015, 7:30 PM 172 Views 229 Comments

Whenever same-sex marriage is argued against – be it in print, radio or television – the issue of raising children is inevitably raised. But it’s a red herring.

Thursday 18 December, 2014

Opinion: In Ireland a pregnancy must continue even if a woman is raped, suicidal or clinically dead
# Abortion
# Abortion

Opinion: In Ireland a pregnancy must continue even if a woman is raped, suicidal or clinically dead

Dec 18th 2014, 6:00 PM 446 Views 153 Comments

Pregnancy isn’t as black and white as we would like. There are fatal foetal abnormalities, health risks, complications, and pregnancy from rape and incest. In each instance our laws allow one outcome: have the child.

Monday 3 November, 2014

Opinion: Plain cigarette packaging can save lives – we need to introduce it in Ireland
# Tobacco
# Tobacco

Opinion: Plain cigarette packaging can save lives – we need to introduce it in Ireland

Nov 3rd 2014, 8:00 AM 179 Views 64 Comments

Plain packing would both reduce the level of consumption in current smokers AND discourage young people from starting in the first place.

Thursday 10 July, 2014

Opinion: Discrimination against the non-religious is being allowed to continue
# Atheists
# Atheists

Opinion: Discrimination against the non-religious is being allowed to continue

Jul 10th 2014, 8:00 AM 503 Views 128 Comments

An amendment to the Employment Equality Act will prevent religious-run hospitals and schools from dismissing employees for being a lone parent, a divorcee, or LGBT – but not for being an atheist.

Sunday 15 June, 2014

Opinion: Nuclear energy is the cleanest, safest, and cheapest – why do we continue to reject it?
# Nuclear
# Nuclear

Opinion: Nuclear energy is the cleanest, safest, and cheapest – why do we continue to reject it?

Jun 15th 2014, 7:30 PM 5,562 Views 142 Comments

Fossil fuels are messy, costly, dangerous to workers and killing our planet. Nuclear energy could be the answer if we let go of illogical, emotional arguments against it.

Wednesday 11 June, 2014

Opinion: Philosophy for kids? It's absolutely essential for the classroom
# Brain Food
# Brain Food

Opinion: Philosophy for kids? It's absolutely essential for the classroom

Jun 11th 2014, 1:00 PM 3,125 Views 64 Comments

Let’s teach children how to think – not what to think.

Tuesday 29 April, 2014

Opinion: Priests should break the seal of confession when someone admits to child abuse
# Child Protection
# Child Protection

Opinion: Priests should break the seal of confession when someone admits to child abuse

Apr 29th 2014, 8:00 AM 2,192 Views 164 Comments

The most sacred thing in any civilised society should be the protection of children.

Friday 11 April, 2014

Column: 'Traditional' marriage? It hasn't always been between a man and a woman
# Equality
# Equality

Column: 'Traditional' marriage? It hasn't always been between a man and a woman

Apr 11th 2014, 8:00 AM 2,918 Views 382 Comments

Many opponents of marriage equality espouse the values of ‘tradition’ and believe sanctioned unions have always been between a man and a woman … but that’s not true, writes Peter Ferguson.

Thursday 3 April, 2014

Column: Louise O’Keeffe ruling shows Ireland's school patronage system is unworkable
# Column
# Column

Column: Louise O’Keeffe ruling shows Ireland's school patronage system is unworkable

Apr 3rd 2014, 1:00 PM 451 Views 130 Comments

The State is responsible for the rights of students in the national school system even if the schools are run by patron bodies, writes Peter Ferguson.