Oireachtas Retort has takes  in-depth look at the relationship between legacy media such as RTÉ, and the Catholic hard-right, with a specific eye on marginalisation of women’s voices. It’s a long read at the link below, but worth the prolonged grabbing of tay. An excerpt: When news of the Miss X broke in 1992, An […]

From top: Street protests in the wake of the X case in 1992; Sinéad Kennedy There is widespread and growing support for a more liberal abortion regime in Ireland. Sinéad Kennedy writes The current government has been in office for just over a month and, despite its heartfelt efforts to continue that fine governmental tradition […]

Dr Peter Boylan “There are serious challenges when it comes to things like tubal ligation, IVF services, abortion, gender reassignment surgery, etc. None of these are allowed in Catholic-controlled hospitals around the world and it’s a puzzle as to why the nuns, or religious Sisters of Charity would want to be involved. “I mean I […]

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Oireachtas Retort’s new election website is live. From their first despatch… During this past government term Galway merits special distinction for making headlines around the world after Savita Halappanavar, a local dentist, was left to die. When the news broke that November morning I brought coffee to a solitary protester who made a dignified and […]

From top: Pro choice activists take the ‘abortion pill bus’ in September, 2015; Dr Rory Hearne Time to end Ireland’s ‘out of sight, out of mind’ hypocrisy on abortion, bring us into the 21st Century and Repeal the 8th Amendment. Dr Rory Hearne writes: Ten women (and some with their partners) will have to take […]

A candlelit vigil in memory of Savita Halappanavar (top) and Julien Mercille It’s Monday. It’s 9.41am. It’s Mercille on Monday at 9.41am. Dr Julien Mercille writes: Last week, the Irish government got hammered three times because of the way it mistreats its citizens: by Amnesty International on abortion, by the Rape Crisis Network on funding […]

Emer O’Toole, in The Guardian, writes: “This year, a suicidal teenage victim of rape and torture (Miss Y) was forced to carry her pregnancy to viability and deliver by C-section. And now we have a clinically dead woman being ventilated and fed for the sake of an insentient foetus, while her heartbroken family takes legal […]

Pictures from last night’s vigil for the late Savita Halappanavar in Eyre Square, Galway. Yesterday was the second anniversary of the 31-year-old dentist’s death at University Hospital Galway. Meanwhile, in Dublin… A vigil at Stephen’s Green, Dublin last night. Taken by Sinister Images (Facebook) Previously: Free Today?