FERGUS FINLAY

'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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FERGUS FINLAY: What Irish voters and politicians will learn from the British election

DON’T you just love a neck-and-neck election? That’s what the general election in the UK is shaping up to be. It offers all the potential excitement of our favourite spectator sport. It’s just a month away, and already it looks like it will be a really tough and bruising encounter.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Sometimes, acting on conscience is another form of discrimination

I SET OUT to write about Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, and about conscience and marriage, writes Fergus Finlay

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Munster's Donal Canniffe and Brendan Foley in the game against the All Blacks at Thomond Park, Limerick, on October 31, 1978.

FERGUS FINLAY: My rugby career is a game of two halves: bad player and ardent fan

IT wasn’t a funereal atmosphere on the ferry on Sunday, but it was sad and solemn. 

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Voting for same-sex marriage will end inequality and the lonely stigma of being gay, and perhaps atone for past injustices.

FERGUS FINLAY: It’s time to be straight and just by saying ‘yes’ to same-sex marriage

Gay people have suffered, not because of what they’ve done, but because of who they are, writes Fergus Finlay

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FERGUS FINLAY: The traditional family and a loving, safe environment are not the same

THE sky cracked over Leinster House last week.

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The economy is gradually improving, even as child poverty is worsening.

FERGUS FINLAY: ‘F’ for fail: Government has a very poor grade in fighting child poverty

THAT was a good speech by Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the weekend. 

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