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
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
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
Real-life wonder woman, Julie Hassett, gives the Entertainment Edit a hearty send-off. Middle Earth: Shadow of War One Game to Rule Them All I hope you’re as excited as I am to learn that Shadow of War, the sequel to 2014’s brilliant Shadow of Mordor has been officially announced, and is set to arrive sooner than you think. Like its predecessor, the game follows … Continue reading Entertainment Edit: April
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
Inspired by the character Dunbar in Joseph Heller’s novel, Catch-22, Cormac Dineen reflects on the notion that the moments where time drags are the moments to be savoured most “Dunbar loved shooting skeet because he hated every minute of it and the time passed so slowly. He had figured out that a single hour on the skeet shooting range with people like Havermeyer and Appleby … Continue reading Catch-22
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?