In his remarks of June 27 (Irish Examiner, Letters) about former President Mary McAleese and the Galileo affair (McAleese said that the Church quietly abandoned its criticism of Galileo for teaching that the Earth orbits the sun), William Reville claims that “in order to properly understand what happened, the story must be told in the context of the historical times”. He fails his own test.
Thu, 05 Jul, 2018
I find Mary McAleese’s revelation that she supported the Eighth Amendment in 1983 most heartening, as she had first come to public attention on the matter by chairing a ‘Right to Choose Group’ public meeting in Liberty Hall, on March 10, 1981, some two-and-a-half years before the Eighth Amendment was actually voted into our Constitution.
Thu, 15 Mar, 2018
Minister for Children Katherine Zappone says she shares former president Mary McAleese’s view that the Catholic Church is misogynistic, and she intends to raise these concerns in person when she visits the Irish College in Rome later this week.
Tue, 13 Mar, 2018
Justin McAleese, the son of former President Mary McAleese, has said he thinks people will find it hard to stomach that she was "silenced and banned" from speaking at a conference about women in the Vatican.
Thu, 08 Mar, 2018
In any assessment of the health of free speech, a despairing reference to US president, Donald Trump, is unavoidable. He and his unsettling Praetorians trumpet contempt for anything that celebrates the Enlightenment principle of freedom of expression and do so in a way that encourages despots, tinpot or otherwise, to silence and undermine individuals, movements, and ideas that challenge their worldview. This big-brother gagging often comes from sources that should know better and which should have the institutional confidence to tolerate dissent, so it might be, with logic, challenged and possibly refuted.
Sat, 03 Feb, 2018
Decades on from bloody killings during Northern Ireland’s troubles many victims’ families remain impatient for change to ensure hatred does not pass down through generations, the former Irish president said.
Sat, 30 Jan, 2016
We would like to challenge ex-President Mary McAleese (Irish Examiner, April 14 ) on her view that “the country must vote in favour of the May 22 vote if it wants to finally live up to its constitutional promise to cherish all children equally”.
Tue, 21 Apr, 2015
A LITTLE over 10 years ago a group of young Irish people were brought together to conduct an interview. It was the first time in Ireland’s history – as far as I know, the only time — that the advice of young people was sought on a major public appointment.
Tue, 22 Apr, 2014