Category: Current Events

  • 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. […]

  • 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. […]

  • Further Down the Rabbit Hole

    So I was wrong, Sepp has fallen and I suppose it makes sense that it would take a law enforcement agency, from a country that doesn’t like football all that much to bring down the governing body of the sport. This outsourcing is a theme that we should look into when the rebuilding or replacing of […]

  • Populist politics – An age old legacy

    An article by Cliff Taylor in the The Irish times advocating a neutral budget for 2015 has caused … well, absolutely no reaction whatsoever, partly because he wrote the same article this time last year. It does however raise a few interesting points that bear consideration. He argued for what would be a classic case […]