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A Limerick A Day – Mike Finn

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Always Look On the Bright Side of Life!

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Mar 14, 2020 at 12:42 pm

Restrictions in Protection of Life Bill demeaning to women – Social Affairs & News from Ireland & Abroad | The Irish Times -…

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Against Hitler (if nothing else): the curious anti-fascism of Alan Shatter and Fine Gael | Cunning Hired Knaves

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http://hiredknaves.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/against-hitler-if-nothing-else-the-curious-anti-fascism-of-alan-shatter-and-fine-gael/

A very useful history lesson for Irish Justice & Defence Minister Alan Shatter; regrettably Fine Gael was not the only political or social organization in 1930’s Ireland that endorsed continental European fascism.

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May 8, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Clare Daly Questions Taoiseach Enda Kenny on Abortion

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Pope Francis’s critics in Argentina say document suggests he betrayed priests

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http://m.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/17/pope-francis-first-sunday-prayer A New Pope Francis; A Younger Father Bergoglio got his hands dirty; he was a collaborator with the bloody Argentine Generals’ Dictatorship of Videla in the 1970’s.

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Mar 18, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Skeleton in the New Pope’s Cupboard dating back to the Argentine Torture Government of the 1980’s?

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So far nothing about this in the reverential Irish media; for how long?

All the cardinal-electors who chose Pope Francis were appointed by the previous two bishops of Rome, Benedict and John Paul II.

The Broken Elbow

(UPDATED 20:58 EST)

Looks like Mother Church has screwed up big time. Hardly had the words “Habemus Papem” been uttered from the balcony above Vatican Square before Argentinian journalists were linking the new Pope, Francis 1, aka former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, to the Argentinian Generals’ dirty war against various leftists, liberals and anti-government activists during the 1970’s.

That war embraced torture, kidnapping, murder, the abduction and selling of children and, of course, the disappearing of opponents, the latter being something that the people of Ireland are not unfamiliar with. Thirty thousand people were “disappeared” by the junta – the so-called Desaparecidos – and their plight made the Troubles in Ireland look like a pillow fight at Harry Potter’s boarding school.

Those were the days when the Jesuits were more likely to be preaching the essential Christianity of liberation theology to the poor in places like Latin America than running…

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Pope Benedict’s Resignation Brings an Awful Papacy to an End – On the Same Day Irish People Show They Want Abortion Legalised Now

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http://m.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/11/pope-beneditc-resignation-paradoxical-papacy

Shed no tears in Ireland for a Pope whose record on Catholic Church child abuse is awful. His successor is unlikely to be an improvement, and his loyal laity in what used to be called “the land of saints and scholars” swim against the tide of pro-choice popular sentiment on the abortion issue.

All out on March 4 to insist on the legalisation of Abortion in the Irish state – tell the Dublin Government to abandon Rome Rule!

On the same day a new Irish Times Opinion Poll showed huge majorities in favour of legalising abortion in Ireland  :

There is strong public support for the Government’s plan to legislate on abortion, according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll.

It also shows that a substantial majority of voters back much wider access to abortion than that being proposed by the Government.

Asked if the Government should legislate for the 1992 X case to allow abortion where a mother’s life is in danger, including the threat of suicide, 71 per cent said Yes, 11 per cent said No and 18 per cent had no opinion.

Pro-Choice Sentiment is now very strong in Ireland :

In regional terms Dublin was strongest in favour, with the rest of Leinster the least supportive of legislation.

Nonetheless, there were big majorities for legislation in all regions, social categories and age groups

Web link :

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2013/0211/1224329906498.html?via=rel

However the government is still putting necessary legislation on the long finger – and that is totally unacceptable.

Put Kenny and Gilmore Under Pressure :

Action on X – Legalise Abortion Now – Women’s Lives Matter – Rally for X March 4 2013; Assemble 6pm Central Bank; March to Dublin Castle

https://tomasoflatharta.com/2013/02/08/action-on-x-womens-lives-matter-rally-for-x-march-4-2013-asssemble-6pm-central-bank-march-to-dublin-castle/