A middle-class Church would not be a broad one

There’s a real risk that the Irish Catholic Church could become a “middle-class church.” Refocusing attention on vocational education would be a way of preventing this.

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Review: ‘The War on the West’ by Douglas Murray

Douglas Murray’s new book, ‘The War on the West,’ provides a terrific overview of how the Western tradition is being attacked, and why. It also gives readers the tools to fight back in the battle of ideas.

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The evidence shows that meritocracy is vital

An examination of two recent books on meritocracy – one of which is very supportive, and the other which is sceptical – helps to understand the issue in all its complexity.

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Review: ‘Prey’ by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a courageous voice. On this occasion, she addresses the issue of growing violence against women across much of the West.

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Ireland is moving inexorably to the Left

The results of the 2020 General Election tell us one thing clearly – Ireland is moving inexorably to the Left. A socialist government is coming, and will ruin us.

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Review: ‘A Hidden Life’

‘A Hidden Life’ is one of the greatest films made in recent years, brought to us by one of the world’s great directors.

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The collapse of Catholic Ireland

What liberals such as those in ‘The Economist’ say about the liberalisation of Ireland is only partially true.

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Review: ‘The Irishman’

‘The Irishman’ was an extraordinary triumph for Martin Scorsese and three cinematic legends at its heart: De Niro, Pesci and Pacino.

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Review: ‘Black 47’

‘Black 47’ was a worthy effort in trying to tell the story of the Irish Famine, but ultimately fell short.

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The History of Mexico: an ideological masterpiece

No visit to Mexico is complete without seeing two images which are representative of the competing philosophies which have shaped the Mexico of today: The History of Mexico mural by Diego Rivera and the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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Review: ‘My Father Left Me Ireland’

Michael Brendan Dougherty’s sentimental look at Irish nationalism means he fails to notice the more serious changes which have been taking place here in recent times.

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Today, something changed in Ireland

Ireland changed forever when abortion became legal. It was a choice of the nation, and one which will cause enormous harm in the coming decades.

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On Creed II, Rocky and fatherhood

Creed II was another brilliant component of a truly great film saga. It had a deeper meaning beyond pugilism, though, and this is worth considering.

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Presidential election recap: October 2018

The Presidential Election of 2018 was certainly interesting. Here is a recap of how the contenders performed, but not how they polled…

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Gender quotas should be scrapped – not expanded

Some politicians would like to expand gender quotas, but a sensible policy would be to scrap the quotas we have and move to a system based on equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome.

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