The Seanad is debating a Bill today that would enable people and groups other than politicians to raise money for political purposes without the safeguards in the SIPO laws. Atheist Ireland has sent the following submission to all Senators, asking them to oppose this Bill in order to protect our democracy from the undue influence of big money.Continue reading “Protecting democracy from big money”
Right to Die Ireland is pleased that the Dying with Dignity Bill has passed to the next stage in the Dail. We have campaigned on this issue for the past eight years, since the deaths of Marie Fleming and Anne Holliday who we remember today.Continue reading “Right to Die Ireland welcomes Dying with Dignity Vote”
The Historical Society at Trinity College Dublin has disinvited Richard Dawkins from addressing the Society. I have written the following letter to them asking them to reconsider.Continue reading “Letter to the Hist at TCD about disinviting Richard Dawkins”
The role of money in soccer today has become completely detached from the reality of the sport.
My local club Bohs will come into a windfall if Matt Doherty’s transfer from Wolves to Spurs is completed. Bohs sold teenaged Doherty to Wolves for €40,000 a decade ago, and part of the contract gives Bohs 10% of any sell-on transfer fee.Continue reading “The madness of money in soccer”
The former European Commissioner repeatedly said that he broke no laws or regulations, when it is perfectly clear that he did both.Continue reading “The lesson Phil Hogan has not learned”
To summarise my 45 short posts so far: do gods exist? We can’t know for certain. But we can form reliable beliefs, to the same degree of confidence that we routinely do with other extraordinary claims.Continue reading “Do gods exist? 45 Summary so far”
Here’s an overview of the Biblical stories of Jesus and the independent records of Jesus by Josephus, Tacitus, Pliny, Suetonius, and Thallus.Continue reading “Do gods exist? 44 Biblical and historical Jesus”
A fourth independent record of the possible existence of Jesus was written in about 120 AD by Gaius Suetonius, a Roman historian who worked for Pliny and various Emperors.Continue reading “Do gods exist? 43 Jesus by Suetonius and Thallus”
A third independent record of Jesus was written in about 110 ad. Pliny the Younger was a Roman politician who published ten books of his Letters.Continue reading “Do gods exist? 42 Jesus by Pliny”
It is outrageous that our Covid restrictions were collectively breached by numerous politicians, a Government Minister, the deputy chair of the Seanad, a Supreme Court Judge, a European Commissioner, a bank lobby chief executive, and a retired RTE political presenter.
Ideally, this cartoon collection of conflicts of interest should not have been socialising together under the auspices of the Oireachtas Golf Society in the first place. That they did so in breach of pandemic guidelines that ordinary citizens are obeying is beyond comprehension.Continue reading “Golfgate”