The latest controversy about the ethos of the proposed maternity hospital says everything about modern Ireland’s determination to embrace the supposed right to kill innocent humans, much as they dislike admitting it. 

Recent political controversies have brought the hypocrisies of modern Ireland into stark relief, as a nation that continues to spend billions on addressing Covid-19 in the apparent hope of saving lives, simultaneously considers with trepidation the possibility that a new maternity hospital might not be able to kill unwanted, sick, disabled or dying unborn babies.

Such inconsistency might not be challenged by most media outlets, covering as they do for all manner of abuses and wrongdoing when reality becomes inconvenient, but one would have thought the very institution, the Catholic Church, being castigated for its checkered role in Irish society might muster the courage to condemn the new feverish insistence on killing these babies of burden in secular, state-run wards, as if killing them in hospitals with a nominally Catholic ethos wasn’t bad enough.

The cover-up of abuse continues it seems, this time by a decidedly secular culture.

The Sisters of Charity leadership who cravenly decided, with ecclesiastical approval from both Armagh and Rome, to hand over the Dublin 4 land despite knowing the consequences for unborn babies must now be wondering what more they can do to appease their critics in official Ireland.

The truth is that the good and faithful religious who acted with integrity for centuries on this island have not only been let down by some of their successors who abused people in their care, but also by the boomer generation of well-intentioned but woefully misguided quasi-social workers who think they can retain a place of respectability as priests, brothers and nuns in modern Ireland by bowing to every possible zeitgeist.

Mob rule is certainly the order of the day, as the government uses the repeal mandate it received to cement a long-term place for the state-sanctioned killing of innocents, using their strong-arm to push through what has been a dystopian project from beginning to end, where evil is considered good and good considered very evil indeed.

As Micheal Martin and Leo Varadkar both ruminate in public on the fictional, contrived fear that these babies might be put beyond the suction machine’s reach by a group of cunning, subversive nuns, the rest of us are left to wonder how many more will die before decent people wake from their slumber.