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Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland

794 babies in a septic tank. This headline has been circulating all over the media in recent weeks. Staff writer Máirín-Rua Ní Aodha speaks to Fiona Ryan, Cork City Councillor and campaigner for separation of church and state on the discovery of the bodies and the ongoing scandal. Ireland’s history with the church   This dependence on church wealth meant there was a large exchange … Continue reading Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland

Animal health worker Samuel Lokitoe is preparing drugs on Wednesday (09.05.2012) at the huts of the family Esekon in Lomidat. Animal Health worker Samuel Lokitoe was treating, deworming and vaccinating several hundred goats, camels and donkeys. Foto: Florian Schuh for VSF-Germany

The Year of the Goat-Livestock and livelihoods in 2017

Staff writer Máirín-Rua Ní Aodha speaks to Boaz Abraham, a vet and spokesperson for Véterinaires sans frontiérs Germany about the role of livestock globally. There are over 1 billion goats in the world today. In Africa, that means there are over 14,000 goats for one lion. Goats, cattle, sheep and fowl play an essential role in sustaining communities all over Africa, where people rely on … Continue reading The Year of the Goat-Livestock and livelihoods in 2017

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All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy: An Interview with Tommy Tiernan

Features Editor Killian Down talks to, and waxes lyrical over Ireland’s most successful comic and chat show host debutant, Tommy Tiernan. It is a challenging ask to use the phrase je ne sais quoi without appearing like you have a subscription to The Guardian, regard Morrissey as the second coming of (the new-and-improved) Jesus Christ, and graduated from Trinity College. The word is in equal measures … Continue reading All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy: An Interview with Tommy Tiernan

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Don’t Do Weed

An anonymous writer speaks about his experience with the devil’s plant “Kid, promise me something. Don’t ever do drugs again.” Kurt the paramedic’s chiselled jaw hung over me, each hair on his rugged beard bristling with indignation and shame at the man – nay boy – lying in front of him. I was hooked up to a heart monitor, palpitations coursing through my frame, forcing … Continue reading Don’t Do Weed

The Taoiseach and Minister Simon Coveney, launched a major national consultation for the preparation of a strategic planning and development framework for Ireland between now and 2040, in Maynooth University. The event is the first of two public consultation exercises and a series of regional and stakeholder events in preparing Ireland 2040 – Our Plan.

Picture Colm Mahady / Fennell Photography 2017.


What will Ireland look like in 2040?

Motley staff writer Ryan O’Neill speaks to Minister Simon Coveney about his new National Planning Framework proposal and the Fine Gael leadership change When I arrived in Minister Simon Coveney’s constituency office I am greeted by an amiable secretary, with whom I participate in small talk with in regards to the Minister’s no doubt packed schedule. “Oh, it doesn’t even phase him” she incredulously asserts. … Continue reading What will Ireland look like in 2040?