Category Archives: Justice

“. . . but! i don’t want comfort! I WANT GOD! i want poetry, i want danger, i want freedom, i want goodness, i want sin . . .”

I remember the day Nelson Mandela was released from prison, I think it was the weekend and for sure I was in my Grand Uncle’s house just two minutes from where I lived.  It was a sunnie day in Cavan and … Continue reading

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It is harder to fight against pleasure than against anger.

“. . . There’s a battle outside and it’s ragin’, it’ll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls, For the Times they are a’Changin . . . ” . . . wrote Blind Boy Grunt sometime in Autumn sixtie … Continue reading

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“This land is your land and this land is my land, sure . . . but the world is run by those that never listen to music anyways”. Bob Dylan

i blew into Dublin in the early naughties a very green boy and throughout the years, here in our centralised capital i’ve seen enough to help me make the climb to the heights of Firhouse, an area of southwest Dubh … Continue reading

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Repossession is nine tenths of the law

There hasn’t been much media coverage of the 1000 or so ordinary Irish families who lost their houses to repossession last year. But spare a thought for the O’Donnell family who have been fighting an eviction order from their €30m … Continue reading

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Where dreams come true… for drug dealers too…

The Independent reports that a man awaiting trial on drugs charges has had his bail terms altered to allow him to head off to Disneyland, Florida for a family holiday. The man, who is also claiming free legal aid, assured … Continue reading

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Down with that sort of thing

Irish Water protests at Merrion Square today. Lovely day for a protest all the same!  

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The hardest word

Apologising has become an expensive business in this country. First up, the Taoiseach graciously issued a heartfelt apology to the former residents of Magdalene Laundries. That opened the floodgates of redress and the state is footing the bill for claims … Continue reading

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All you can EAT

What do you have to do to lose your job in this country? A lot, it transpires. And even then, the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) has your back. Last month it awarded €8,000 to a Dunnes Stores employee who was … Continue reading

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Small Town Noir

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Wrongs and rights

The Irish media have been universally welcoming yesterday’s verdict from the European Court of Human Rights on the case taken by Louise O’Keeffe. Louise suffered abuse as a child in school and originally took a case against the Irish state … Continue reading

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