FERGUS FINLAY

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FERGUS FINLAY: A brave and fictional boy matters a lot more than an intellectual giant

I was going to write 1,200 words about Richard Dawkins, a man whose behaviour incensed me beyond words last week. The more I thought about it, the more I thought he wasn’t worth it. Instead, I want to write about Joe Kavanagh.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Protect mothers by rewriting the Constitution and turning the tide

I HAVE fallen in love with my children and my grandchildren all over again in the last fortnight. Of course, they’ve always meant the world to me, but, suddenly — I’m talking about the grandchildren — they’re personalities in their own right.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Bruton can’t continue to ignore the reality of people’s lives

Is he naïve? Stupid? Unthinking? Callous? Some combination of all of those qualities?

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FERGUS FINLAY: Abuse of Louise is a lesson for the arrogant Department of Education

THE Department of Education is an extraordinary place. In the various bits of bumph it publishes from time to time — annual reports, statements of strategy, and the like — it sets out its mission as "enabling learners to achieve their full potential and contribute to Ireland’s economic, social, and cultural development".

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FERGUS FINLAY: New agency needed to monitor standards in our health services

Aras Attracta is home to nearly a hundred people. It’s in Swinford in County Mayo. It has a website, part of the much larger HSE website.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Russia and Israel must answer for their crimes against humanity

AS far as I can tell, any government which is a party to the Rome Statute can refer a crime to the International Criminal Court in the Hague. The Rome Statute is the piece of international law that set up the Court.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Everyone must sing from the same hymn sheet to achieve common good

GARRET Fitzgerald believed in the common good. He talked about it as the cornerstone of public policy, and advocated that government promote it.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Gilmore, Rabbitte and Quinn built strong track records of success

IT was GK Chesterton who said about the Irish that "the great Gaels of Ireland, Are the men that God made mad, For all their wars are merry, And all their songs are sad". I don’t know about the wars, but the mournfulness of the songs is the reason I’ve never been a huge fan of Irish traditional music, if the truth be told.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Unmask disability, enable a right to expression, and magic can happen

MARGARET McLOUGHLIN was born with three things. Down syndrome; a serious untreatable heart condition; and a huge, infectious, and empathetic personality. She wasn’t expected to live. But live she did, to the fullest extent that was possible.

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FERGUS FINLAY: We need authentic leaders to root out and prevent disgusting greed

I’VE decided how I will vote in the Labour leadership elections. All these years a rank-and-file member, and now I have a say in who should lead my party.

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FERGUS FINLAY: We need to challenge assumption mental health is some dark secret

I SPENT a good deal of last weekend at the Special Olympic Games in Limerick. And a glorious weekend it was. A wonderful, intimate, family-focused opening ceremony on Thursday night was followed by three days of intense competition in the variety of sports in which Special Olympic athletes compete. A lot of the Games was centred on the University of Limerick campus, and the place couldn’t have been more welcoming.

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FERGUS FINLAY: The State and society colluded to treat vulnerable women as criminals

I HAVE tossed and turned at night since I heard about Tuam. Like many of us, I’ve found it impossible to come to terms with the horrifying, shaming discovery of hundreds of babies in an unmarked grave, robbed of their lives and even, in the end, of their identities.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Fine Gael’s promised ‘new politics’ may be a coalition with Fianna Fáil

WHERE did it all go wrong? The government elected with the largest majority in the history of the State hasn’t a snowball’s chance in hell of being re-elected.

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