The Trouble with Hillary

Hillary Clinton has been in politics for decades; her first serious foray was in 1974 when her husband William Jefferson Clinton first ran for Congress – he lost that particular race. With 41 years of experience, one would imagine that Clinton has such an iron grasp on politics, and campaigning, that her making a mistake would not

2015: The Year of Marriage Equality

On 29th August – Friday last – Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland (and an adopted and much loved son of Galway) signed the Marriage Equality Act, passed by referendum on May 22nd, into law, officially making it a part of Ireland’s constitution.

The Marriage Referendum

I have never been more ashamed to be gay than I have during the current marriage equality referendum. Every single day, LGBT people are being painted as second class citizens, undeserving of family, and companionship. The No side of the referendum campaign announce themselves as martyrs, being continuously silenced by the Yes, pro-gay lobby, who resort

Mandatory Minimums

Perpetrators of violent crimes are too often given lenient sentences by judges who are gifted with the power of discretion. Victims are left forgotten in this process. Justice must not just be done, it must be seen to be done. Minimum sentencing must be introduced, and judges’ discretion taken away, to better serve victims and ensure those who commit violent crimes are appropriately punished.

Scotland the Brave

There is a very real chance that Scotland will vote for independence on the 18th of September this year. An independent Scotland would change many things, not least the relationship between the Republic of Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.

The Danger of Sinn Féin

The Sinn Féin of old has never actually gone away. They like to regale the public with tales of how they are changed, and how they’re learning from their past to move into the future, but when times get tough their true side comes through again. Their recent political gains have finally established the party