Tag: University College Cork

Blasphemy, Ireland and an Irish University

(An edited version of this post should be appearing in print later next month. I’ve reproduced it here as some of the more “controversial” parts have been edited out of the version which is going to be published.)

On the 1st of January 2010, Ireland took a remarkable step backwards when the so called Blasphemy Law came into effect. One of the main results of this has been that many people feel that their freedom of speech could be curtailed by potential legal action and a substantial fine if something they express is deemed to be blasphemous towards a particular religion. To say that this opened a can worms is an understatement and it rather succinctly showed the complete lack of common sense in the then Fianna Fáil led government.

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The Psychology of Outrage

(Originally Published on Corkstudentnews.com in March 2010)

Every day in this god forsaken country (irony intended) there is always someone, somewhere complaining about something which is of an almost minuscule nature compared to that little thing which we inhabit; you know,” reality”. While in reality our country is going down the tubes further and further, almost on a daily basis, there are those who seem to inhabit reality of their own making, where the smallest of things which may or may not upset them in some way or another, is elevated to highest podium in their mind. They almost go out of their way to become outraged at something and in the mean time, they manage to completely miss the point.