I don't know of any other country that shits as much on its citizens' notions of pride as Ireland does. Time and time again.
Today I woke up to the news that a woman was allowed die so her dying baby wouldn't die ahead of time. Now they're both dead, but University Hospital Galway's conscience is clear. It upheld Ireland's good catholic morals, even at the needless expense of life. You can't get much more catholic than that.
Whoever was responsible should be done for murder, manslaughter at the very least, and then slapped repeatedly for stupidity. It won't be any consolation to the husband who lost his wife for no good reason, but maybe a lesson will be learned somewhere along the way.
I felt sick reading the news. It's 2012 for fuck's sake! If you missed it, here it is: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/frontpage/2012/1114/1224326575203.html
Coming after the sex scandals and child abuse, the bishops' cover-ups, the bailout, you name it, it's another ignoble mark of shame for a country that seems to specialize in them.
I'm generally extremely proud to be Irish. On days like this I have no idea why.