Consent is critical for the respect of women undergoing treatments

Consent is critical for the respect of women undergoing treatments

A woman of my acquaintance remembers lying in the hospital labour ward in the aftermath of a particularly difficult birth — elated and exhausted.

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Marital name-taking a continuum of devaluing women in our society

Hearing that a woman is about to take her husband’s name after marriage is a revelation guaranteed to get my back up. Just what era are we living in, I wonder ...

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Border control stopped me and I passed into unknown territory

Border control stopped me and I passed into unknown territory

THIS is a travel column. Well, it’s a column that contains a cautionary tale that involves travel and this season’s hottest political topic: A hard border. ...

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Can Mary Lou whip Sinn Féin into shape after recent election losses?

It will be a pity if Mary Lou McDonald does not pull Sinn Féin together, or if her effort to do so is hampered by those in the party who think they know better ...

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Lack of self awareness could undo Fine Gael’s hold on reins of power

Lack of self awareness could undo Fine Gael’s hold on reins of power

It's never a good position to be in when people are laughing at you rather than with you, to be the butt of all jokes. If you’re a political party it’s ...

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Green Wave: Taking action is not so simple

Green Wave: Taking action is not so simple

Eamon Ryan has an excellent way of communicating to people what needs to be done on climate action, be it at the corporate and Government level, or the personal ...

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Plea by Sophie’s son to locals is entirely understandable, but unfair

Plea by Sophie’s son to locals is entirely understandable, but unfair

How sad it was to watch the son of Sophie Toscan du Plantier speak of the murder of his mother last weekend in Goleen.

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Election posters play a key role in reminding electorate of candidates

Election posters play a key role in reminding electorate of candidates

If it weren’t for the posters people wouldn’t have a breeze that there were elections coming up, says Alison O’Connor.

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Even the dead are being politicised to highlight state of health services

Even the dead are being politicised to highlight state of health services

There is a now traditional game of cat and mouse that goes on between politicians and medics writes Alison O’Connor.

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Uncompromising Mary Lou is making Foster sound reasonable

Uncompromising Mary Lou is making Foster sound reasonable

You don’t need much self-awareness to realise that if you’re making the DUP leader, Arlene Foster, sound reasonable, you’re in trouble.

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Leo’s political flaws become more evident as he becomes less popularThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Leo’s political flaws become more evident as he becomes less popular

Chatting some time ago to a senior Fine Gaeler we were discussing the then popularity of Leo Varadkar among the FG faithful, the more rural element of it — ...

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The uncertain political mood in Britain is bad for my mental health

The uncertain political mood in Britain is bad for my mental health

Imagine a life without Brexit? Hard to do, isn’t it? Ah, those halcyon days, when we didn’t have front-row seats to what, with each passing day, looks ...

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We have all been breathing easily since smoking ban was introduced

We have all been breathing easily since smoking ban was introduced

It is one of the most effective public health measures ever in this country. To what do I refer?

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Someone must broadcast the fact that RTÉ’s finances are perilous

Someone must broadcast the fact that RTÉ’s finances are perilous

Some of the greatest nonsense ever spouted can be found on YouTube. No, I don’t have a scientific study to back this up, but I’ve enough domestic eavesdropping ...

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Refusal of vaccines is one of the top health threats facing the world

Parents who don’t vaccinate are behaving in a really selfish and dangerous manner, writes Alison O’Connor.

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It’s a woman’s world, at least for today, and that’s reason for hope

It’s a woman’s world, at least for today, and that’s reason for hope

Today is International Women’s Day. It is a day to be happy and rejoice. We can decide to be either depressed or encouraged at the general state of gender ...

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Government swallows bitter pills to display their fiscal responsibility

Government swallows bitter pills to display their fiscal responsibility

THIS Government preaches fiscal responsibility from a high pulpit — but then it can be capable of collapsing like a cheap suit when demands for extra cash ...

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Would Church’s rulers rather see it die than grant women equality?

Would Church’s rulers rather see it die than grant women equality?

Nuns have always been second class citizens in the Church, writes Alison O’Connor

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Senior politicians deserve full protection of proper security detail

Senior politicians deserve full protection of proper security detail

Cabinet ministers should have their Garda drivers reinstated immediately. The decision on ministers losing this security detail was taken during the height of the ...

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Hospital finances fiasco puts a dent in FG’s economic credibility

Hospital finances fiasco puts a dent in FG’s economic credibility

A coach and four has been driven through the image of fiscal virtue carefully constructed by the Taoiseach with the able assistance of his minister for finance.

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We’re not yet beyond our limit to be shocked at Brexit events

We’re not yet beyond our limit to be shocked at Brexit events

How will British historians record the behaviour of its political establishment during the great Brexit crisis?

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Compassion must guide how we deal with gender identity issues

Compassion must guide how we deal with gender identity issues

WHILE watching the Prime Time special on transgender issues in Ireland, a third-level student of my acquaintance remarked that, during her university debates, students ...

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Are we building a children’s hospital or digging a money pit?

Are we building a children’s hospital or digging a money pit?

The “final project cost” is now €1,433bn, €453m higher than the €983m approved in 2017, writes Alison O'Connor

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Change needed before more women are affected by violence

Change needed before more women are affected by violence

IS IT unreasonable to have hoped to get through the first week of 2019 without two women being brutally murdered? We are so regularly exposed to the killing of, ...

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2018 was the year that climate change finally became undeniable

2018 was the year that climate change finally became undeniable

Our world is changing. You, like me, may have been doing you’re darndest to look the other way and pretend it’s not.

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Politicians deserve more than our vote. They deserve our respect, too

Politicians deserve more than our vote. They deserve our respect, too

Abuse and invective directed at our elected representatives are a reflection of the times, writes Alison O’Connor.

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All I want for Christmas is a break from the headache that is Brexit

All I want for Christmas is a break from the headache that is Brexit

All I want for Christmas is a break from Brexit.

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Time to deliver on long overdue new national maternity hospital

Time to deliver on long overdue new national maternity hospital

Just build the damn thing.

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Mary Lou must be longing for some much needed reflection

Mary Lou must be longing for some much needed reflection

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald had a good abortion referendum campaign, but a bad presidential election, writes Alison O'Connor

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2002 report on sexual violence in Ireland is hopelessly outdated

2002 report on sexual violence in Ireland is hopelessly outdated

Technology has changed, particularly through the ubiquitousness of the mobile phone but the need for research has not diminished, writes Alison O’Connor

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A pet bought for Christmas on a whim is bound to lead a dog’s life

A pet bought for Christmas on a whim is bound to lead a dog’s life

Some friends lost a cherished family dog recently. She was enormously loved, but, at 10 years of age, had been ill for a while. In the space of a few weeks, she ...

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Comment: Victim blaming at the heart of rape case ‘thong’ comment

Comment: Victim blaming at the heart of rape case ‘thong’ comment

My thong days are long gone. But for women everywhere this week the revelation that a teenager’s choice of underwear — in this case a thong with a lace ...

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Brian Hayes’ early retirement shows how brain drain is undermining politics

Brian Hayes’ early retirement shows how brain drain is undermining politics

Alison O’Connor It can bore the pants off many but for a considerable number of people politics is an addiction, says

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