GUEST POST | BY FELIX O'NEILL In today’s Irish Times, the 13th. March 2019, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin speaks of the- “darker and sadder side of Church life 
in a culture of careerism and nastiness”and he continues-  “working at the Vatican is an unusual experience”This of course begs the question, what does Archbishop Martin mean by “darker and sadder side of Church life in a culture of careerism and nastiness” Does he mean for example, the Vatican; or much closer to home in Dublin, Ireland; or that the Roman Catholic Church has dark secrets? This is very intriguing coming from an Irish Archbishop with his own dark secrets.
Dr. Martin should enlighten us on this darker aspect. Perhaps it was the recent cardinals, bishops and priests convicted of raping millions of children world-wide? Or was it the 60,000 secret files Dr. Martin gave as Archbishop of Dublin to the Irish police? Their Investigators were given access to 60,000 previously secret Catholic Church files which in part incrim…


by Owen Felix O'Neill | 8th March 2019

Senior ecclesiastical leaders, always considered as untouchable Princes of the Roman Catholic Church, have now been convicted of raping and covering up the rape of millions of children world-wide.

The news this day: a French court has this morning, the 7th. of March 2019 convicted the Catholic Archbishop of Lyon of failing to act on historic allegations of sexual rape of Boy Scouts in his diocese. The French Judges handed Cardinal Philippe Barbarin a six-month suspended jail sentence. 

Oh mighty Princes of the church, the promised throne of Peter, descends, pierced by the burning bolts of old they fell, and still roll bellowing in the depths of Hell.

A few months ago, another Cardinal, “Vanilla Sex” Pell (Pellophile) was convicted in a court of law of raping two choir boys in a Catholic cathedral in Australia. One of the boys subsequently took his own life soon after his rape. 

With many more credible accusations by other men who as young children…


Survivors of Ireland's Mother and Baby homes are distraught and angry following a news report that the judge leading a Commission of Investigation into 14 such homes has requested an additional year to issue her final report -currently due by mid-February 2019.

"This morning I woke to the news that the commission of investigation are looking for another year. Another Year! And I just bust into tears," says Rosemary Adie of Irish First Mothers -the largest group of natural mothers. 

"I'm heartbroken and my mental state is shattered."

"I was so sick today," said Sheila O'Byrne who was in St. Partick's Home on the Navan Road, Dublin. 

"It was shocking to read about a year delay in the paper without any prior warning from Minister Zappone." 

"It was the lowest thing to do. It was despicable and demeaning to our survivors. The 15th of February, 2019 is the deadline and we expect that commitment to be met."

The request by Judge Yvo…

I was Ann Lovett's Boyfrined

I was Ann Lovett’s boyfriend

Ann Lovett died aged 15 in 1984 after giving birth at a grotto in Granard, Co Longford – a tragedy that continues to resonate. Today, Ann’s former boyfriend Ricky McDonnell speaks publicly for the first time5th May, 2018
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Richard “Ricky” McDonnell: “At the beginning I was silent out of fear, and then it was out of respect.”
Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times