The extent to which broadcaster Gay Byrne was a passenger in, or a driver of, the Ireland that emerged in the final third of the 20th century will be long debated. That the question will never be satisfactorily answered speaks of the man’s ambiguity, suggests.
Earlier this week Taoiseach Leo Varadkar apologised on behalf of the State to people who were sexually abused in day schools. Mr Varadkar also apologised for the State’s delay in acknowledging that it had the responsibility to protect children who suffered abuse.
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 to myself at such times. What signal does this send out across the genders except to denote a form of handing over of ownership of a key part of your identity?
Ireland’s welcome, but incomplete march towards a modern, liberal and kinder democracy continued on Friday when 82.07% of the electorate, one of the most decisive endorsements since the island voted on the Belfast Agreement 21 years ago, backed Government plans for a shorter period of separation between estranged partners before they can apply for a divorce.