All posts tagged: The Irish Times

“A Gradual Eden” and other poems by Audrey Molloy

A Gradual Eden After the lava had cooled, hardened like a carapace over the fresh-earth graves of our marriages, nothing happened for a while. Sure, you and I still talked all night, once dared to walk arm-in-arm like a real couple to the Vietnamese restaurant with the string-bead curtain and napkins folded into swans. I had to learn the basics: I only knew your every thought, but not, for instance, how you took your coffee, how you swam at five each day, leaving me to wake alone. Nothing grew on the hard-baked basalt of us. Ditches that had defined our highways vanished, once-shady trees now jutted like antlers where the lightning had struck. When the strawberries were gone we ate dandelion and fiddle-head ferns. You were an inventive chef, but I was sick of roots and leaves; I wanted Passiflora (or violets at the very least). Once, longing for old comforts, you peeked back under the edge of the rock-crust for a glimpse of green, but the lawns were mustard and thistle-pocked. Twice I peeked …

Anniversary of Ireland’s blasphemy criminalisation, Incentivisation.

The 2006-2009 Defamation Bill : The first anniversary of the Blasphemy Criminalisation in Ireland occurs January 1st 2011. The 2006-2009 Defamation Bill in Ireland is rather unique, it was railroaded through the Dáil in summer of 2009 through a system called the guillotine vote, together with a  majority vote by the two Government parties, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party.The Bill along with its blasphemy amendment then proceeded through the Seanad, and received the seal of the Irish  President on July 23rd 2009. The Blasphemy Amendment was implemented on January the first 2010 and we are coming toward its first anniversary on January the First 2011. An Úachtarán , President Mary Mac Aleese signed the amendment into Irish Law on July 23rd 2009: “In the Republic of Ireland, blasphemy is required to be prohibited by Article 40.6.1.i. of the 1937 Constitution. The common law offence of blasphemous libel was effectively replaced in 2009 by a new offence of “publication or utterance of blasphemous matter”. The continued existence of a blasphemy offence is controversial, with proponents of freedom …