Official statements on Trevor Sargent resignation

Statement by Trevor Sargent TD
"A Ceann Chomhairle, I thank you for the opportunity to explain to the House the circumstances of the clinic enquiry I received in June 2008 relating to an assault in September 2007 which were partially reported in the media this afternoon.

The church in Ireland

THE IRISH CHURCH was uniquein that it avoided nearly all the hugeproblems the Catholic Church else-where faced over the last four hun-dred years. It suffered practically no apostacy. In fact, from the beginningof the nineteenth century the Catholic Church in Ireland has gained increas-ingly the loyalty and support of the people.

Copenhagen: climate countdown

The United Nations climate-change summit is a vital moment in the world’s effort to avert catastrophe. openDemocracy authors reflect on what needs to happen and how much Copenhagen can achieve. By Sue Branford, Ian Christie, Andrew Dobson, John Elkington, Øyvind Paasche, Oliver Tickellof

Texts and emails, Wednesday 16 December 2009

Topic: The 'Tonight' newspaper awards

Judges: Marie-Louise O'Donnel (DCU)l, John Bisset (community Development Worker and author), Sinead Pentony (TASC), Ivan Yates
Below are some of the messages received by the programme. In 2010 we will be hosting a liveblog of the show on

Full text of the Supreme Court judgement on Roche case involving in vitro fertilisation treatment using frozen embryos

THE SUPREME COURT [Appeal No: 469/2006 Appeal No: 59/2007]

Murray C.J. - Denham J. - Hardiman J. - Geoghegan J. - Fennelly J.


Mary Roche (Applicant/Appellant) and Thomas Roche, Anthony Walsh,David Walsh and Sims Clinic Ltd (Defendants/Respondents) and Attorney General

Judgment delivered the 15th day of December, 2009 by Denham J.

1. The central issue in this case is whether three embryos, which have been frozen and stored in a clinic, are the "unborn" and as such protected by Article 40.3.3° of the Constitution of Ireland.

Texts and emails, Monday 14 December 2009

Topic: Vincent reviews the current economic and banking crisis with three of the year's author-commentators`.

Panelists: Matt Cooper, Jim Power of Friends First, Fintan O'Toole of the Irish Times

Corrupt church. Corrupt 'government'. Corrupt financial system. Corrupt Irish. Bog-trotting Paddies. What's new is that the disease is presenting now.


Budget 2010: Key Points of Lenihan's Speech

Below, a summarised version of Brian Lenihan's Budget speech, with links to Politico articles on his proposals.

A Cheann Comhairle,

The Government over the past 18 months has made budgetary adjustments of more than €8 billion for this year. Had we not done so, the deficit would have ballooned towards 20 per cent of GDP - a level at which the very financial survival of this country would have been at risk. Because of these decisive actions, we are now in a position to stabilise the deficit.

Budget 2010: The reaction in quotes

“These are savage cuts and very little on the other side of the balance sheet, very little in terms of job creation or stimulation of the economy” - Pat Rabitte, Labour, Spokesperson on Justice.

“By cutting jobseeker’s allowance to a paltry level for young people, the Government is basically asking them to return to their parents’ home to live. This is unrealistic for most and will put many young people at a real risk of homelessness” - Aideen Hayden, Chairperson of Threshold.