“It doesn’t really hit you”

Quite apart from the inherently gendered nature of the event (where boys “have scrubbed up well” and girls “look beautiful”) and the over-extended popular cultural references made by the priest presiding, the ceremony for me was marked by one particular exhortation. … More “It doesn’t really hit you”

Polls and surveys

There’s an animated discussion taking place in the comments of Breda O’Brien’s latest Irish Times column. The comments point out the complexity of educational policy in a State committed to remaining ignorant of the rights of its inhabitants. Breda forces two surveys, the paper’s own recent opinion poll (61% of respondents do not want Catholic … More Polls and surveys