Ray Kinsella

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Party founder Hermann Kelly at the Irexit Freedom to Prosper conference at the Bonnington Hotel, in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A new political party, Irexit Freedom to Prosper, campaigning for Ireland to leave the EU will field candidates in next year’s European elections, its(...)

Ray Bassett, a former Irish envoy to Canada, says there is room for an Irish Eurosceptic party because those concerned about the EU are not represented by the mainstream parties. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Is the time right for an anti-European Union party to enter the Irish political landscape? Time will tell but the decision to launch “Irexit Freedom”(...)

Pope Francis. ‘It is very easy to see Catholic social teaching on the family and economy as idealistic, but there are people all around the world putting it into practice in their business and family lives.’ Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP

There is a perception that the Catholic Church is obsessed with sexuality, but maybe that perception arises because every time a pope or bishop says s(...)

A protester  takes part in an anti-Brexit demonstration outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

On May 10th, 1972, What Do I Do by Sandie, Joe and the Dixies was top of the Irish charts, and it was the day the electorate faced the question of whe(...)

Every person who is addicted has a negative impact on four others, usually loved ones and family members

People suffering from addiction are among the most stigmatised in Ireland. Sadly, addicts are still seen as morally flawed and reprehensible in a way (...)

Sir, – The new Government is to put some additional money into reducing waiting lists. That has a familiar sound. Furthermore, it is going to abolish (...)

‘Greece is more right than its critics. One doesn’t have to agree with the politics of the far-left in Greece to vindicate the integrity of the economic case they bring to the table.’ Above,  Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras walks in front of European flags after he participated in a bilateral meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on the sidelines of the EU meetings in Brussels on  June 11th, 2015. Photograph: AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert

The narrative of the euro zone crisis, the epicentre of which is Greece, has been airbrushed. Germany’s insistence that the 2012 bailout programme is (...)

Canvassing for a No vote in the Same-sex Marriage Referendum were  Moira Morrissey (left) and Eileen Barry  in Ballycahill, Tipperary.  Photograph: Enda O’Dowd/The Irish Times

There has not been a single viewing of a No bus crisscrossing the country. You don’t see any No or “Níl” badges adorning lapels, or swathes of enthusi(...)

Prof Ray Kinsella, of Mothers and Fathers Matter. The group has launched a campaign for a No vote in the same-sex marriage referendum.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Public opinion on same-sex marriage will “swing back to the status quo” as the referendum date approaches, a spokesman for a group supporting a No vot(...)

 Prof Ray Kinsella (centre) at a  photocall organised by the group Mothers and Fathers Matter outside Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A call for the Children and Family Relationships Bill to be “radically amended” has come from economist Prof Ray Kinsella of the new Mothers and Fathe(...)

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