Leaving Cert 2020

The unique experience of the Leaving Certificate class of 2020 culminated yesterday morning, 6th September, as they became the first group of students to have received Calculated Grades without having sat State Examinations. The Calculated Grades system worked based on a teacher’s estimate of how a student would perform in the examination. After these grades were determined, this data was sent to the Department of … Continue reading Leaving Cert 2020

Not So Quietly and Peacefully: What’s Happening in Belarus

Current Affairs Editor Alana Daly Mulligan looks at the political upheaval unfolding in Belarus as a result of Sunday’s election.  Tuesday, 11th August, at 5 pm: My mind is anywhere except in the real world, but that’s about to change rapidly.   *Ping*  I look at my phone and open the message.  Them: “Sorry for the pause, Armageddon is going on in my country. The government … Continue reading Not So Quietly and Peacefully: What’s Happening in Belarus

Prejudice in Poland – the LGBTQ+ Community and President Andrzej Duda.

John Hunter places a spotlight on the anti-LGBT policies of the recently re-elected President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, and how these policies are out of step with much of the Polish population.  The serge of populist, right-wing politics in countries across much of the world in the past decade has revealed itself as a serious threat to the gains made by many minority groups. One … Continue reading Prejudice in Poland – the LGBTQ+ Community and President Andrzej Duda.

Hearts, Hands & Empty Stomachs: The Cahersiveen Hunger Strikers

-Stephen Moynihan, with additional reporting from Alana Daly Mulligan, Niamh Browne and Emer Walsh  “Start not, Irish born man, if you’re Irish true, we heed not race, nor creed, nor clan, we’ve hearts and hands for you.” – Thomas Osborne Davis When we as a country think of the hunger strike movement, we are pulled deep into our revolutionary past; whether that be the H-Block … Continue reading Hearts, Hands & Empty Stomachs: The Cahersiveen Hunger Strikers

Purposeless, Voiceless and Expressionless: An Indirect Impact of Covid-19

    Imagine you are standing in a room. A very small windowless room that, despite the plush sofa and painting of a flower, is a far cry from a comfortable room because comfort implies pleasantness and relaxation. The room you are in is tense, tight and torrid. You stand as close to the wall as you can, moulding your body into the corner where … Continue reading Purposeless, Voiceless and Expressionless: An Indirect Impact of Covid-19

Yemen Crisis 2020:  A Plea for Humanity

  Close your eyes and imagine this with me. You’re in the middle of a rather run-down street surrounded by desert. It’s crowded. Those around you are weary, showing signs of malnourishment and starvation. Children with visible ribs and protruding abdomens shuffle past you. Masks, like breathing, have become a luxury. You soon reach a hospital. It’s small with just two beds and minimal facilities. … Continue reading Yemen Crisis 2020:  A Plea for Humanity