The Meaning of A Christmas that Speaks of Hope

on Tuesday, 23 December 2008. Posted in 2008

Cathy Molloy

December, 2008

‘Hope is that thing inside us that insists…that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it.’ (US President-elect Barrack Obama, Jan 3rd 2008. 1)

We need Christmas this year more than ever as the perennial reminder that hope for a renewed world is not a vain hope.  The event of the birth of Christ, the timeless reminder that hope is now, hope is every day, takes on special significance in difficult times. Christian belief in the incarnation, God with us, God for us, God within us, means that the love of God, creator, source, origin of all life, shown to us through Christ, is precisely what keeps us going, literally gives life and sustains us, is that ‘something better’ that is ever present to us and awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it.


The Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill 2008: Well-Founded Fears?

on Wednesday, 29 October 2008. Posted in Issue 59 In Recession who will be left Stranded?, 2008

Eugene Quinn
November 2008


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pdf The Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill 2008: Well-Founded Fears?



The Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill 2008 has come before the Dáil at a time when there has been a significant reduction in the number of new asylum claims being made in Ireland. In line with European trends, applications have dropped from a peak of 11,634 in 2002 to fewer than 4,000 in 2007.

Announcing the publication of the Bill on 29 January 2008, the then Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Brian Lenihan TD, said:


We tend to think that law defines what crime is. This makes sense because contemporary legal codes are concerned with marking out the territory where conduct is permissible by specifying the conduct that is outlawed. Yet the earliest bodies of law – consider for example, the Torah or Hammurabi’s Code – are at least as committed to articulating the good as proscribing the bad... Read full editorial

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