Popped out today to pick up a nice, warming soup and as I joined the queue of hungry lunchers at the local butcher’s deli counter, I couldn’t help but notice that almost everyone was choosing meat of some sort in their sandwich/wrap/roll/salad. Personally, I couldn’t give a monkey’s uncle what anyone eats on Ash Wednesday or any other day of the year but it got me thinking about how in some ways, we have certainly changed as a society over the past decade or two.

When I was a child, nobody would have even dreamed of eating meat on the first day of Lent but today, nobody seemed to give it a second thought!

However, when it comes to other issues such as the legalisation of abortion in certain cases which would have saved the lives of women such as Savita Halappanavar, Ireland is still a society of old.