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Wednesday, 4th July 2018

The Church and the People.

When a priest fails to turn up to say Mass it is hardly the stuff that headlines are made of, but this week it just so happened that when a priest didn't turn up for Mass the resulting furore went on to make headlines that just haven't gone away.

It so happened that at this particular Mass a Government Minister, Josepha Madigan, was there and when she aided in the service the press was there to get her opinions on a range of issues that are of importance to the catholic church.

What she said, particularly in relation to the need for there to be females priests as well as married priests raised the ire of one of the most high ranking catholic archbishops in the country.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin rounded on Josepha Madigan and said that she had

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Wednesday, 4th July 2018

It seems that no matter what happens in Ireland, especially if it is something good, there is always a cloud that comes with the silver linings. While we should be enjoying the seasonably good weather we are getting warnings that we might have to endure water shortages or outages if the good weather continues much longer.

It seems that we have to go back to the days of the 1970s to when we enjoyed weather that was as good as we have it at the moment.

There are things that everyone can do to ensure that we don't waste water, no hosepipes, shorter showers, no paddling pools. But a lot of these things are what make the good weather even better and there will hardly be a committed gardener who will let their plants wither away for want of some water. We

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Thursday, 28th June 2018

A Wider Vision

It is not surprising that much of the news that we see and read about everyday has to do with issues that happen here in Ireland. In fact so much happens on some days that it is a wonder that the rest of the world even gets a look in.

But it so happens that we live in an ever interconnected world and what happens outside of our country has a direct bearing on what happens inside Ireland.

You only have to look at the whole issue of Brexit to know that this country is to a large part, dependent on what is going on in other countries. In fact the closer Brexit gets the more this is happening.

Now the Government has set up a new project so that our country can develop and hone our relationships with other countries

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Thursday, 28th June 2018

While not attempting to be a killjoy on the good weather that is happening in the country at the moment, there are always a good number of occasions where it is advisable that people step back and take a moment to register the fact that with the good weather some warnings come attached.

The last good period of extended good weather resulted in 10 people dying in drowning accidents. It is always right to take heed of advice especially when it comes to water. Ideally you should swim only in designated areas with a lifeguard on duty, it is best to enter the water where you can wade in so that if you get into difficulty there is a better chance you can wade out. Also you should only swim in parallel to the shore.

No one wants to spoil anyone's fun

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Wednesday, 20th June 2018

A Paper Anniversary

As he has been in high profile politics for such a long time, it is hard to think that Leo Varadkar has just celebrated his first year as Taoiseach. Over the last decade, there has hardly been a time when the man hasn't been out of the headlines for one reason or another. But it is his role as Taoiseach which has cemented his position in Irish history.

Of course such an anniversary didn't go past uncommented and he was given a rough ride in the Dail when the subject came up. As much as the man doesn't like to celebrate birthdays or other important milestones in his life there was absolutely no getting away from the fact of his first year as Taoiseach in a Dail where it seemed that the mass of the Opposition wanted a pop

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Wednesday, 20th June 2018

In life, everything we do seems to be related to numbers. Whether that's our age, paying the household bills, our disposable income or protesting within a consequential cohort. Less is not more, when dealing with figures. Unless of course you are talking about the BBC 1 "Pointless" programme. Here zero, nil, nada is the right answer to the questions being asked. Though some people I know, don't actually understand the lowest score wins!

On Sunday the 10th, I "pedalled" for the fourth time, the murderous Wicklow 200! Why I'd want to put myself through that torture and torment, by returning to this most scenic of regions, to test my mettle once again, shows that I am certifiably mad! To cycle 200 kilometres and climb over 2,800 metres of brutal hills, has become a numbers game to me. I am now trying to complete this

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Wednesday, 13th June 2018

Our View

A Rainy Day Fund

A Pharaoh once had a dream where he saw a green and lush field and in it was a sleek and fat cow.  Then into the field came an emaciated cow who began to devour the first one.  On waking the Pharaoh knew at once what he had to do.  He sent out an order around his kingdom that grain silos be built and that one tenth of all harvests were to be placed there.  For the next seven years the harvest was bountiful and the new silos were quickly filled.  Then for the next seven years the harvests failed and his people began to go hungry.  But because he had planned to plan ahead for such an eventuality there was enough grain in the new silos to keep his people fed. 

Fast forward a couple

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Tuesday, 5th June 2018

Yet another dark chapter

When the news broke about the illegal adoption of nearly two hundred children it was like a case of deja vu. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that it was another ‘dark chapter’ in the country’s history but it seems that when it comes to Ireland’s social history all that we have is dark chapters. Mother and baby homes, Magdalene Laundries, clerical child sexual abuse and the Church covering up clerical child sexual abuse. All of it part of Ireland’s history and all of it inextricably bound up with this country’s history with the catholic church. The issue of illegal adoptions, where children were adopted and their new parents names placed on the children’s birth certificates, goes back nearly fifty to seventy years ago at a time when there was a huge stigma about the whole issue of

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Tuesday, 5th June 2018

Hot on the heels of the Chelsea Flower Show it was Ireland’s turn to experience all things horticultural with the opening of Bloom the largest and most successful gardening show in the country. It first started 12 years ago with 50,000 visitors but now those attending reach over the 120,000 mark for the five day festival. The show is sponsored by An Bord Bia and they do so to highlight the huge amount of work that goes on in this country when it comes to horticulture and everything that stems from that, including the food industry.

It is clear that Irish people have a deep love and affinity when it comes to all things garden related and the success of Bloom just goes to show how much enjoyment people get from their gardens no matter how large.

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Tuesday, 5th June 2018

We should be paying for water

The water restrictions that have been in place in the Greater Dublin Area and surrounding counties in the aftermath of the double-whammy of Storm Emma and The Beast from the East came as no surprise to me, and although they mean hassle and hardship I’m fully behind the authorities on this one. Back in 2010, the last time the area had significant snow, there were widespread water restrictions after the event. The thaw exposed all the pipes that had burst when the water in them had frozen days before, and people left taps running on the coldest nights to try to stop their own lines freezing.

All this is understandable, but a modern city can’t cope with such massive fluctuations in demand. It has been reported that there was a 10% increase

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    When the latest statistic that waiting times for patients had risen to their highest level yet, there can't have been too many people that were surprised.There are now over 700.000 people on waiting lists with over 50.000 of them children. That so many people are waiting for treatment in one of the most developed economies in the world is truly frightening. Of course you can take into account the underfunding of the health sector during the economic downturn but it still wouldn't fully explain why so ma …

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