Posted: Fri, 01 Sep 2017 by Keith Porteous Wood
NSS executive director Keith Porteous Wood detects a long-overdue and decisive turn towards secularism in publicly funded healthcare in Ireland, an area in which the Catholic Church has until now been predominant. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 05 Jun 2017 by Keith Porteous Wood
The placards may have to come out again soon as the controversy over the National Maternity Hospital (St Vincent's) rumbles on.
Posted: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 by Keith Porteous Wood
The reach and power of the Catholic Church has waned considerably in recent years in Ireland. But there are troubling signs that its undue influence over the country is returning, writes Keith Porteous Wood.
But turning first back to the symptoms.
Posted: Tue, 07 Mar 2017 by Keith Porteous Wood
On arrival at the home, children were separated from their mothers who were often forced to hand over their children for adoption.
Posted: Tue, 26 May 2015 by Keith Porteous Wood
NSS executive director Keith Porteous Wood welcomes the Irish referendum result on marriage equality and argues that the Catholic Church's appalling recent history in Ireland shows it deserves to be discredited- as it now has been, by the overwhelming referendum "Yes" result. Read More »
Posted: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 by Keith Porteous Wood
On 22 May Ireland looks set to join the relatively few countries that have legalised same sex marriage.
Posted: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 by Alastair Lichten
Iran's execution of Mohsen Amir-Aslani on apostasy charges illustrates the injustices caused by such laws in the Middle East and around the world, argues Alastair Lichten.
Posted: Mon, 15 Apr 2013 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson on Ireland's education minister Ruairi Quinn who, bit by bit, is challenging the stranglehold that the Catholic Church has over education in the Republic. Read More »
Posted: Tue, 28 Aug 2012 by Claire McCormack
Ireland awaits a September report on its abortion laws by a European Court of Human Rights panel of experts at a time of rising political tensions over the issue and a backdrop of steep declines in the popularity of religion. Read More »