Author: gerard

Gerard is a journalist with too much time on his hands.

A kiss is still a kiss: The upshot of upstaging and undermining

Guest post by Joan O’Connell A picture paints a thousand words; even if they’re entirely makey-uppey words. Over the weekend, the Anglophone internet had a bit of a conniption over this image of two Russian athletes kissing on a podium…

Did Brussels ban a Christmas nativity scene?

The Iona Institute has reported that a Nativity scene was banned in Brussels to avoid offence. Unfortunately, this is yet another in a long series of “Winterval myths“. The article, promoted by Iona Institute director David Quinn using his twitter…

Irish media and the Burzynski Clinic

The Irish Times today reports that the mother of a terminally ill two-year-old girl is hoping to travel to the USA for a “pioneering treatment” provided by the Burzynski Clinic (spelling “Buzynski” in the online article). Stanislaus Burzumnski will be…

How many atheists are there in Ireland?

It should be a simple enough question. After all, there’s a box to tick on the census form. Yet counting the number of atheists in Ireland isn’t quite that straightforward. Atheist Ireland, for example, reports the latest census with the…