Typical of anti-abortion advocates TJ Hardy bounces around discredited scare stories of consequential breast cancer, suicide, deliberate self-harm, future neo-natal harm and even disability (January 6).
The issue of rights for Irish speakers has dominated the politics of the last three years since the collapse of Stormont but it would be remiss not to remind political parties and both governments of the context of this debate.
Finally bowing to public opinion the minister for justice Mr Charlie Flanagan, has deferred the planned commemoration of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) and the Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP), who were killed in action during the period of the Irish War of Independence.
Recently I attended Mass at which an 80-year-old priest, who has just returned from 40 years overseas on missionary work said: “The Ireland I have come home to is not the Ireland I left and I wonder do I want to settle here?”
My twin brother and I share a joint birthday on New Year’s Eve and when we were younger we felt it was a good day to celebrate a birthday with the general party atmosphere almost everywhere, although it is one of the most expensively priced up nights of the year to do so.
Fr McCafferty cites in support of his anti-abortion views an article “on the website of the Royal Society of Medicine” (December 2) dated October 2007 by Sam Rowlands, it concludes: “Human behaviour being what it is… there will always be non-use of contraception, mishaps when using contraception, and requests for abortion.
In the aftermath of the election and the humiliation of Nigel Dodds the best Arlene Foster could come up with was: “Of course, the SDLP decided not to run and that has shown the pan-nationalist front has come to fruition again.”
Danny Treacy (November 22) is correct that all serious scientists accept the theories of cosmological and biological evolution on the basis of very good evidence, frequently described for many years on TV, so the stories of Adam and Eve and creation in Genesis are not literal, but in the meaning of the word myth are expressing a profound truth in the archaic language used by the authors.