If you would like to submit a contribution to our Readers Blog section then follow this link. Be sure to include your full name, address and contact number otherwise your submission will not be considered for publication. We will contact you prior to publication.

A child should be raised by its biological parents

It is accepted that ‘best practice’ for the wellbeing of a child, its parents and society is for that child to be raised in a family with its biological parents.

This ‘best practise’ is not always attainable and we must acknowledge the great care provided to children by adoptive and foster parents and by often heroic single parents. In every other sphere of life, ‘best practice’ is held up as the gold standard that we must do everything to achieve and maintain. Why then would we seek to discard the gold standard for marriage, the family and our society?

Our Constitution enshrines ‘The State pledges itself to guard with special care the institution of marriage, on which the family is founded’ (Art 43.1.1.). This legally binding pledge is not made on religious grounds but because, ‘The State recognises the Family as the natural primary and fundamental unit group of Society and as a moral institution possessing inalienable and imprescriptible rights, antecedent and superior to all positive law (Art 41.1.1)

As a dear friend, who happens to be homosexual, says, ‘the marriage of a man and woman is a standalone institution which should not be interfered with or changed by anyone, for any reason.’

Dana Rosemary Scallon

Claregalway

Co Galway


Lifestyle

SECOND Captains is one of the long-running success stories in Irish podcasting. Ostensibly a sports show led by Eoin McDevitt, Ken Early, and Ciarán Murphy, the former Off The Ball team from Newstalk launched the podcast in mid-2013. two Monday shows are offered for free, with Tuesday-Friday behind a Patreon subscriber model and dubbed ‘The World Service’. It has more than 11,500 subscribers.Podcast Corner: First-class podcasts from Second Captains

The incredible life of Ireland’s first celebrity chef has been turned into a play, writes Colette SheridanHow Maura Laverty cooked up a storm

Their paths first crossed on the top floor of the library at University College Cork in October 2010 when both were students there so Amy Coleman and Steven Robinson were delighted to retrace their footsteps on their big day.Wedding of the Week: College sweethearts open new chapter

Peter Dowdall reveals why all roads will lead to Tullow in County Carlow on February 1Snowdrop patrol: Why all roads will lead to County Carlow

More From The Irish Examiner