FERGUS FINLAY

An elderly man waits outside a closed bank in Athens yesterday after the government ordered Greek banks to close for six business days and put restrictions on cash withdrawals.

FERGUS FINLAY: Greece needs democratic leaders to help, not a bureaucratic bashing

The ordinary people of Greece face the prospect of deep and sustained hardship, of a kind that is unprecedented in a European context, writes Fergus Finlay

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FERGUS FINLAY: Company and planning laws need to be changed to protect workers

Company law was not designed to enable people to walk away from their obligations to
maximise profit, says Fergus Finlay

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That parents pay for books, travel, classroom resources and voluntary contributions is a breach of theConstitution.

FERGUS FINLAY: Primary education is not free, but would be for an extra €103m a year

For thousands of families in Ireland the notion of free primary education is a joke, writes Fergus Finlay

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FERGUS FINLAY: While we make sport of Delaney, the real scandal is elsewhere

FAI boss John Delaney and media owner Denis O’Brien are the men we’re all supposed to love to hate, men who attract scandal-laden headlines whenever they do anything., writes Fergus Finlay

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John A Costello was taoiseach when Fergus Finlay was born in June 1950

FERGUS FINLAY: I was 65 yesterday. I feel the same as ever, but Ireland has changed

I HAVE no intention of going anywhere. I’m grand. Fit as a fiddle. I’ve passed that point where, as comedian Billy Connolly says, every movement is accompanied by an involuntary groan, writes Fergus Finlay

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FERGUS FINLAY: We made history – now let’s fight to end other inequalities

The crowd had been gathering in the square at Dublin Castle since before lunch-time on Saturday. It was the sort of thing that doesn’t happen in Ireland – we’re more used to seeing these kind of images from Paris or Athens or other, more colourful capitals. By the time the declaration was made, from a giant screen in the corner, you couldn’t move.

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'Mrs Brown's Boys' star Rory Cowan, who plays Mrs Brown's son Rory, at the opening of the Yes Equality shop in StStephen's Green, Dublin.Picture: Paul Sharp/Sharppix

FERGUS FINLAY: Yes we can be brave not afraid, open not closed. All we need is love

It’s simple. If I’m heterosexual, I can get married to the person I love. If I’m not, I can’t, writes Fergus Finlay

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FERGUS FINLAY: Bishops are wrong. Where is the God of love and compassion?

A COUPLE of weeks ago the Catholic Bishops of Ireland asked us to reflect on what was proposed in the marriage equality referendum. The common refrain of messages then was “marriage is important. Reflect before you change it.”

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FERGUS FINLAY: No, Archbishop, a ‘yes’ vote will not change the definition of marriage

My wife and I were married in a registry office... and we were sinners in the eyes of the Church writes Fergus Finlay

 

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FERGUS FINLAY: Children now have a say in their lives, even in who adopts them

WELL, that was some wait, wasn’t it? Nearly 900 days ago, one million people in Ireland voted in a referendum on the rights of children. This weekend, after endless delays caused by a legal challenge, the Supreme Court has decided that your decision must stand. At last.

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FERGUS FINLAY: It’s time for Ireland to come of age with a young, uncynical President

CAN we talk about the other referendum? 

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FERGUS FINLAY: Gays should be allowed marry the person they love. It’s that simple

LATER this year, with luck, my wife and I will celebrate our 43rd wedding anniversary. 

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Roseann Brennan with a photo of her son Jake. She is  campaigning for a nationally imposed speed limit of 30km per hour.

FERGUS FINLAY: We need to shift gear and lower the national speed limit to save lives

Safer roads enable children to play, encourage people to cycle and walk and reduced speed limits would decrease the number of fatalities on Irish roads, writes Fergus Finlay.

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