Ju’ve any vegan sausage rolls? False Consciousness & the Gregg’s Controversy

German philosophers Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels are mainly known as authors of the Communist Manifesto. Their ideas have been extremely influential. One such theory that is becoming increasingly relevant is that of false consciousness – the idea that members of the proletariat, which is what Marx coined as working classes, were being misled by institutional systems of power, that being government, their employer, the … Continue reading Ju’ve any vegan sausage rolls? False Consciousness & the Gregg’s Controversy

The 2019 Centenary Celebrations – 100 years on, there are lessons still to be learned

Ireland’s Decade of Centenaries is a period of roughly 11 years in which local communities and the nation as a whole will publically celebrate and remember the significant historical events upon which our nation was built, from the initial Home Rule Bills, to the War of Independence, and the admission of the Irish Free State to the League of Nations. The centenary celebrations have realized … Continue reading The 2019 Centenary Celebrations – 100 years on, there are lessons still to be learned

The Who, What, Where, When, Why and How of Direct Provision

You’ve heard the phrase thrown around. It’s a controversial topic for a wide variety of reasons. Your friend who’s really into the News at Nine talks about it non-stop. But what exactly is direct provision? Direct provision (or Solárthar Díreach) is one of Ireland’s measures for accommodating asylum seekers. It was introduced in the late 1990s as an emergency system but nearly 20 years on, … Continue reading The Who, What, Where, When, Why and How of Direct Provision

Tartan? Check!

Tartan has always been a go-to trend for Autumn/Winter, and 2018 is no exception. Rhianne Kelly shows us how to incorporate the timeless trend into our transitional wardrobe. The National Museum of Scotland, located at the heart of Edinburgh, houses a stylish navy and red tartan suit jacket complete with a red velvet collar and matching cuffs as the centrepiece of one of its exhibits. … Continue reading Tartan? Check!

Post-Politcal? The Power of the Opinion Line

If there’s anything I’ve learned from studying history at university, it’s that simple fact of academic scholarship that everyone has an opinion for certain reasons, regardless of if the historian, the writer, the journalist, chooses to let us in on those reasons. Who writes the opinions, how are they formed, why are they saying them, why are they saying them now? One of the most … Continue reading Post-Politcal? The Power of the Opinion Line