Category Archives: Politics

Sexism of Olympic Proportion

Social media and the 24 hour news cycle has given us a whole new perspective and insight into the Olympics than we haven’t been exposed to up tot his point.

Apart from the incredible athletic achievements, we’ve also seen some pretty scandalous goings on, both in and out of competition. But one of the elements that’s come into sharp focus is sexism in coverage of this year’s Games. Continue reading Sexism of Olympic Proportion

Hamilton v HSE: an update and clarification

Earlier this month I wrote a blog post about the Hamilton v HSE High Court case that saw Justice Sean Ryan set a couple of precedents that have very serious implications for pregnant women in Ireland and the concept of informed consent.

I was very surprised – pleasantly, mind you – by the attention the article got. It got so much traffic it crashed my website. Thankfully my hosting company came to the rescue and made sure everyone who wanted to read it, could.  Continue reading Hamilton v HSE: an update and clarification

The High Court says we can’t say no

So the High Court rubberstamped a human rights violation last week. In the same fell swoop, it also gave a big fat thumbs up to denying a pregnant woman’s right to informed refusal; removing a woman’s right to be the decision-maker and expert of her own body; and supporting provider preference for delivering non-evidence based care. The country was up in arms! Oh wait, hang on… Continue reading The High Court says we can’t say no

A kinda sorta maybe clarification on how maternity benefit taxation works

So, way back in November of 2013 I promised you guys that I’d try to get some clarification on what exactly is going on with maternity benefit taxation because, in all honesty, it’s a clear as mud. Continue reading A kinda sorta maybe clarification on how maternity benefit taxation works