3.86m people (84.2%) of people living in Ireland defined themselves as Roman Catholic in April 2011, a decrease on the 87% who did so in 2006. Due to general population increase, however, just under 180,000 more people define themselves as Catholic than in 2006.
The next largest religious grouping is the Church of Ireland/Anglican Communion with 129,039 people (2.8%). … More Census 2011
David Quinn will be able to use the phrase ‘the Roman Catholic community’ with more surety. Atheist Ireland will be able to speak more effectively for their vision for a “fair future based on accurate statistics”. This kind of Victorian bluebook-ism confuses the representation of ‘reality on the ground’ for fairness. … More Not so strange bedfellows
It seems to me now that Ireland’s complacent, property-obsessed middle classes (yes, that’s me) are in a similar position. We think that making the banks work ‘properly’ again is the objective of these ‘adjustments’. It is not for this objective that the hospital wards are closing this year. This is little short of the Irish economy being turned inside out for shareholder value. … More 3. work if you can 4. dream. 5. act
Regularising other forms of relationships in law is just that, it regularises for legal purposes, so that the State’s reach is made longer. Why does the state have to legalise any form of human relationship? Secularisation processes do this most precisely: it takes the previously-understood domain of the private and makes them public goods. … More Oh no! He might be right.
Dublin City Council is going to ask the ‘the people of Dublin’ – however they are defined I am not sure – to help to come up with a new name for a park within a park. We’re going to be asked: to submit ideas on an appropriate change of name for the park in … More Renaming parks and memory