The plight of the Catholic Church in Ireland, beset by scandal, dwindling numbers, and rapid change in the surrounding culture, is an ironic juxtaposition — in terms of timing and context — with the Labour Party.
I SERVED for 12 years in a voluntary capacity as secretary of the Mallow Hospital Retention Committee under the chairmanship of the late Joe Sherlock TD who was at that time a socially committed member of Mallow Urban District Council.
DISCUSSIONS on means testing child benefit brings me back to much tougher economic times when we in the Labour Women’s National Council advised Brendan Corish, then Minister for Health, that while a family might appear well-off, in cases of alcoholism, gambling or violence in the home one could not know if the mother actually had access to the family income.
THE year 1977 was not a great one from the standpoint of the state papers. Historically, the most important events were related to that year’s general election. As the civil servants were not formally involved, the elections were glossed over in the state papers.