Category Archives: Commentary

Artists’ Campaign to Repeal the Eighth Amendment

Today felt like a turning point – or maybe that moment when you realise the turn started a long time (32 years?) ago. By the time you see it, it’s following its own unstoppable momentum.  Enda Kenny take note. This morning, the Artists’ Campaign … Continue reading

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On Censorship, Iranian Film & Saudi Blogging

(A version of this piece was broadcast on Arena on 18th Feb):  http://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/radioplayer/rteradioweb.html#!rii=9%3A20731200%3A1526%3A18%2D02%2D2015%3A Recently I saw an Iranian film by Mohammad Rasoulof: Manuscripts Don’t Burn. It tells a creepy, absorbing story about censorship and corruption impinging on the lives of dissident writers in … Continue reading

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Flash Fiction or Prose Poem?

This is what’s exercising my sluggish, rain-soaked brain at the minute: what is the difference between flash fiction and a prose poem? Narrative, you might suggest – as Nessa O’Mahony did, very helpfully, when I posted the question on Twitter … Continue reading

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“Our silence is not ours to keep”: Nirbhaya, the play.

Sometimes I sleepwalk into things. I knew that the play Nirbhaya was based on the real rape of a real young woman in Delhi in December 2012 and its aftermath, but I didn’t know that the stories told and enacted in … Continue reading

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Israel & Gaza: stop. Please stop.

Every now and again I come upon a situation that compels me to silence, being so crucial and sensitive it demands that the right words be spoken in the right way to the right people. Because I don’t know what or who … Continue reading

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The Irish and Northern Irish Feminist Judgments Project

If anyone noticed an uncharacteristic silence: I’ve been away.  Here’s something I found in my inbox when I got back (sent by Therese Caherty of the Feminist Open Forum). The information originated from Mairead Enright (U Kent), the project co-ordinator. It’s an … Continue reading

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On disfigurement

Seven years ago I had life-saving facial surgery which changed my appearance – not for the better, in case you’re wondering. But the key-word there is ‘life-saving’. If I hadn’t had that operation I’d be dead. At a recent training … Continue reading

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