Soapbox – The Archives

  • Paediatric care in Ireland : The fight to be heard

    If 2020 and the impact it has had on the world has taught us anything, it is that we are no longer the author of our own lives. We are not even the protagonist of our own story. We have been reduced to a character that is simply dispensable in the grander scheme of things. […]

  • Man Talk – Jon Harrison

    Earlier this month saw the launch of , a space for men to express any bottled feelings they may be having. Digital design wunderkind and project founder Jon Harrison took a little time with Jimi to talk about the project. What’s the project all about, and how did it start?This project is all about […]

  • A Karen Bradley Guide to Northern Irish Politics

      To understand Northern Irish politics, it’s imperative to first understand the history of the country. In the 1600s, beginning in 1609, British Protestants were incentivised (by the promise of guaranteed arable land) to move to Ulster and colonise. Although this was common all over Ireland (which was still one country under British rule), it […]

  • I am a Christian, but I am not a Catholic

      I am a Christian, but I am not a Catholic To those of you who left the Church years ago, or those of you who were never part of it, this will seem like a whole lot of agonising over nothing. But the events of the last few years, and the visit of Pope […]

  • Language is Important

    As I was reading about the grand jury report on the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal, one particular quote struck me. It refers to how the grand jury described the Church’s methods for covering up abuse. ‘First, make sure to use euphemisms rather than real words to describe the sexual assaults in diocese documents. Never […]

  • What We Can Learn From Ireland’s Lost Constitution

    Darragh Roche    RTÉ’s long overdue documentary on the history of women in Ireland, ‘No Country For Women,’ highlighted a reality that everyone already knew but often refused to acknowledge: that Irish laws, and our constitution, treated women like second class citizens. The sexist provisions of the 1937 Bunreacht are so well-known, they hardly need […]

  • Bible Ireland

    Darragh Roche    Thank God the Bible is leaving Irish politics U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently cited the Bible in defence of the inhumane policy of separating immigrant children from their parents. Quoting from St. Paul, the pre-eminent early Christian theologian, Sessions reminded sceptics that earthly laws should be obeyed. Since imprisoning children in […]

  • Making the switch to new political parties

    Pádraig Lohan     Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are the political equivalent of a major phone company. We’re frustrated with the service they’re providing. We rant and moan that they clearly don’t care about us. Yet somehow, when we reach the end of the contract, we continue to give them our money (okay, votes). […]

  • You are Not An Impostor

    Women of Ireland – well done. We did it. We got out there, got engaged, had conversations, and we (with the help of our male and non binary counterparts) won ourselves some of that sweet, sweet bodily autonomy. I know we had help. Yes, I know we couldn’t have done it without so and so. […]

  • Racism survives the downfall of misogyny

    Somaya Mahmoud – 29-05-2018   So, in the aftermath of what has been one of the largest and most controversial referendums in Irish history, I was hopeful and perhaps naïve in expecting that the prolife people who have confronted me time and time again regarding my heritage, and the subsequent racial slurs which were associated […]