Shanore News

Musings, ramblings and thought provoking articles from our team of talented writers - all views expressed are their own!

Rapists Apparently Exempt from Consequences in Ireland

So, there’s this vile man, Magnus Meyer Hustveit.  He raped his then girlfriend, Niamh Nic Dhomhnail, several times while she was sleeping and unable to give consent.  This week in Dublin, he was convicted (he pleaded guilty) and given a sentence of 7 years.  But then the judge suspended the whole thing.  Which means that […]

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Drone Carrying Abortion Pills to Come to Ireland

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Women on Waves, a Dutch organization that aims to give information about safe abortions and proper sex education, has announced plans to send abortion pills via drones to countries where there is little or no legal access to safe abortion methods. In 2001, Women on Waves launched one of their ship campaigns to Ireland, where […]

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Ireland Abortion Laws Criticized by U.N. Committee… Again

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Today (22 June) a United Nations committee that has reviewed Ireland’s compliance with the U.N. Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has recommended that Ireland amend its abortion laws (among others). Currently, abortion is illegal in Ireland unless the pregnant woman’s (or girl’s) life is at risk.  It’s illegal in cases of fetal abnormalities, […]

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Is Ireland Doing Enough for Magdalene Victims?

In a couple of weeks on the first of July, the Redress for Women Who Were Resident in Certain Institutions Act comes into effect in Ireland, providing healthcare (including counseling services) to women who survived their time in the Magdalene Laundries and are still living in Ireland. The Laundries were the Irish manifestation of Magdalene asylums, institutions run […]

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NO to Presidential Age Referendum: A Mistake?

In wake of the celebratory passing of the same-sex marriage referendum, many people have forgotten about that other referendum Ireland voted No to on the same day, one that would lower the age of eligibility for presidential candidacy from 35 to 21. Shane Lynn writes in The Irish Times that “tens of thousands of those inspired […]

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YES: Marriage Equality Comes to Ireland

Congratulations to Ireland, which has become the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote!   It will join twenty other countries that have legalized it across the nation.  I say “across the nation,” because it’s only legal in some areas in both Mexico and the United States.  Anyway, Ireland’s legalization is an important milestone in […]

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A 21-year-old for President of Ireland?

As I wrote a few weeks ago, Ireland is voting on an important referendum on 22 May to potentially legalize same-sex marriage.  However, citizens are also voting on another important referendum that day, one that would possibly lower the age at which people are eligible for presidential candidacy from 35 (as it also currently is in […]

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What the Marriage Referendum Means for Ireland

On 22 May, Ireland will be voting on whether or not to pass the Marriage Referendum, which would become the thirty-fourth amendment to the Irish Constitution.  So, what exactly would this amendment do?  If the referendum passes, it will be a huge victory in the fight for LGBTQ equality in Ireland.  It would have a similar […]

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