Ask me why I’m voting Yes.
For all our friends in crisis.
For all the nurses, midwives and doctors I know who have to carry a copy of the Constitution when caring for my pregnant friends.
For the shade in legislation, not the black and white of the Constitution.
For all the parents who have to make decisions they’d rather not make.
For all the women I know who travelled to another country for their medical care, and never said a word.
For any woman who has ever felt trapped in her own body.
For all the taxi bus and train drivers, ferry workers and pilots who brought our sisters abroad for care they should get at home.
For shame to go away.
For Ireland to face its self.
For the bereaved.
For the anonymous.
For the truth.
For the raped.
For the women who can’t share their stories, who can’t voice their pain.
For anyone who can change their mind when faced with the reality of the 8th.
For my wife and daughters.
For listening to women.
Seven more things to read, hear and see this week, some longer reads too, giving a chance to think and consider as we go.
Tim Don, Ironman and extraordinary human being, knocked from his bike in October 2017, crushing two C2 vertebrae vowed to run a 2:50 in the Boston Marathon on Monday. Some story from Lindsay Crouse.
He did it in 2:49 by the way
This week I write to you from Dunmanway, Co. Cork. Being on the road has become part of my life now, seven months into my new job. The places we visit are as different from each other as is possible, but they have in common a desire to do their best for the teachers and learners that walk their halls every day. And (tortured segue alert) this group of articles I read, often in a snowbound Clonmel, are equally eclectic, and just as united in their ability to draw my interest.
First Mark Hilliard writes of the cruel life an unnecessary deaths in a Cavan orphanage 75 years ago. A welcome reminder of what our country used to be like.
Michael O’Loughlin provides us with a timely reminder of how the echo of the Holocaust is still to be found across Europe, as above perhaps the past isn’t as far away as we might like to think.
Now this piece by Joshua Rothman spoke to me, as a person who often stood at a perfectly functioning, expensive piece of technology which drove me around the bend when it broke down. Paper jams. Printers. Photocopiers. Read on.
Every teacher knows that feeling when the printer jams, well, it’s someones job to think about that jam, and try to eliminate it. This piece by @joshuarothman is a great read