Hey presto, PDs get rid of problems

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In this week’s article from 2006, Mary looked at hospital waiting lists, and how the introduction of the National Treatment Purchase Fund magicked them away…  Hey presto, PDs get rid of problems 6th July, 2006  It’s a good trick, if

National Day of Hypocrisy

Charlie Haughey, 1978

The third installment of the RTÉ drama ‘Charlie’ has been broadcast, creating a huge amount of discussion about the man and the power he had. In this article, following his death in 2006, Mary reflects on a particular encounter with

Women victims seek truth

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This article from 2007 looks at the case of  victims of symphysiotomy in Ireland, and how to deal with people injured as a result of actions which took place in the past. Since its publication a redress scheme has been introduced,

Fatima’s little miracles

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This week, we look back at an article Mary wrote following the broadcast in 2006 of ‘On The Block’, a documentary made by the children of the Fatima Mansions, which have since undergone urban renewal.  Thursday, 28th December 2006 Children

The view from the scrapheap

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This week, we look at an article Mary wrote on Blindcraft in Inchicore. The Blindcraft factory was set up in 1957 by ministerial order to facilitate students leaving schools for the blind. At the time of of this article it

Scandal of our mental services

This week, we look at an article Mary wrote on the topic of mental health services in Ireland in 2005. In light of the scandal in Áras Attracta (while recognising it is not a mental health hospital) this quote  from

State fails to protect women

One in Five

Following on from last week, this week’s column also deals with violence against women. Women’s Aid recently launched their ‘One in Five Women’  campaign for  this year’s 16 Days of Action Campaign (25th November to 10th December 2014.) They hope that by raising awareness of the fact

Regressing to the bad old days

Women's Aid

This week, Women’s Aid launched their ‘One in Five Women’  campaign for  this year’s 16 Days of Action Campaign (25th November to 10th December 2014.) They hope that by raising awareness of the fact that one in five women in Ireland has

Dangers of glorifying the Rising

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Discussions on the upcoming 1916 centenary celebrations have already caused controversy, and back in 2006 Mary shared her thoughts on how lessons can be learned from past commemorations when planning future ones. February 9th, 2006 Perhaps the most striking aspect

State failing children with autism

Thursday, 10th May 2007 There is a group of families in this country who care little about how the Taoiseach bought his house, who gave him money or where he kept it. They deal daily with the reality that the