The New Fascism

Posted on 18. Jun, 2020 in Christian Values, Community, Faith and Justice, Politics

Michael Kirwan SJ is a theologian with a particular interest in political theology who lectures in the Loyola Institute of Catholic theology in Trinity College Dublin. In this piece with Pat Coyle, he looks at what some commentators are calling ‘new fascism’. He says that it appears today as if we are almost replicating the processes […]

Surviving COVID-19

Posted on 19. Mar, 2020 in Community, Economy, Politics

“When clusters of infection arise because of precarious, shoddy, or non-existent housing, it won’t be any defence to declare that you ‘get up early in the morning’ and that as a member of the ‘squeezed middle’ you should be spared.” So writes Dr Kevin Hargaden, Assistant Director of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, […]

Inspired by Faith

Posted on 04. Apr, 2019 in Community, Faith Groups, Family, Politicians, Politics

Peadar Tóibín born 19 June 1974 is an Irish politician who has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Meath West constituency since the 2011 general election. He was twice elected as a Sinn Féin candidate, but resigned from the party on 15 November 2018. He was Chair of the Committee on Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and […]

The Lives of Irish Parliamentarians

Posted on 20. Dec, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Politicians, Politics

Dr Tony White’s latest book, Irish Parliamentarians: Deputies and Senator 1918 –2108, is a comprehensive directory of the 1,870 men and women who have been TDs or Senators in the parliament of the Irish State since the first meeting of Dáil Eireann in January 1919. The election for the first Dáil took place 100 years ago, […]

Theology in Troubled Times

Posted on 01. Feb, 2018 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Politics

Michael Kirwin SJ is a visiting professor of theology at the Loyola Institute in Dublin – giving a paper – “Stand Upright and raise your head -doing Theology in troubled times.” He says we times are turbulent and that the biggest challenge we face today is how to combat Fascism. He points to the rise […]

Peace in the North

Posted on 22. Jun, 2017 in Places of Conflict, Politics

This week we are looking at the book on Fr Alec Reid, One Man, One God  by Redemptorist by Fr Martin McKeever. It provides unique insight into what motivated Fr Alec, what inspired him, and what kept him going during years of disappointment, frustration and seeming failure. We also remember a interview Fr Alec Reid […]

Solving Inequality

Posted on 19. Jan, 2017 in Economy, Politics, Poverty

Eight men own the same wealth as the 3.6 billion people who make up the poorer half of the world’s population, according to a new report published by Oxfam. ‘An Economy for the 99 Percent’ shows that the gap between rich and poor is far greater than had been thought thanks to new and better […]

Belvedere Boy

Posted on 01. Dec, 2016 in Christian Values, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Politics

Belvedere Boy is a play about the life and execution of Kevin Barry.  Irish patriot Kevin Barry was eighteen years old when he was executed on November 1st 1920 for his part in an IRA ambush which killed three young British soldiers aged fifteen, nineteen and twenty. In a controversial new play former IRA volunteer Shane Paul O’Doherty tells his version […]

Election Preparation

Posted on 04. Feb, 2016 in Christian Values, Community, Economy, Faith and Justice, Politicians, Politics

Political parties all over the country are preparing themselves for election. They will soon be knocking on doors and looking for votes. Michelle Murphy from Social Justice Ireland talked about we need to use this time to think about the kind of society that we want to build and how we can make it fairer […]

Pope Francis in America

Posted on 01. Oct, 2015 in Faith Groups, Human Trafficking, Immigrants, Media, Politics, Pope Francis

Recently Pope Francis created great expectation and excitement on his tour to America. Fr. Michael Collins, author of the book, “Francis; Bishop of Rome” also went to America to be there to witness Pope Francis’ trip as well as promote his recent book, “Pope Francis, A Photographic Portrait of the People’s Pope”. Here he talks […]