Irexit Combine

Seamus Allen explores Irish Euroscepticism, and whether ‘Irexit’ is a viable option Since Britain’s referendum on EU membership, there has been a dramatic surge in the questioning of Ireland’s EU membership within Irish public discourse. Irexit- that is, Irish exit from the European Union- has been advocated by a motley collection of characters ranging from Gay Byrne and the Irish Times’s Harry McGee, to the … Continue reading Irexit Combine

So flippin’ French

Chloe Harte Stinky cheese, chic fashion and noir cinema: the ’30 seconds’ game description of France. However, does a stereotype detract from the value of a culture or does it merely serve as a signpost for navigating an unknown land? Gastronomically speaking, France stands up to every imaginable stereotype: mountains of cheese, fresh baguettes and the waft of croissant pastry tickling the taste buds of … Continue reading So flippin’ French

A Slice of the Pie

How can we tackle increasing income inequality, asks Charles Daniel Nolan Populism was certainly a buzzword of 2017, and beyond the dystopian hysteria it has been driven by unsettling global trends – front and centre of which has been the rise of income inequality globally. The inaugural World Inequality Report, released before Christmas, highlighted that global income inequality has been rising across the world since … Continue reading A Slice of the Pie

Bitcoin: An Enigma?

Deputy Current Affairs Editor Aditi Udayabhaskar explores the cryptic currency that is bitcoin. Only a hermit living in a dark cave could have missed the story that Bitcoin hit $10,000 in December. Many of us know precious little about the bitcoin – that it is a cryptocurrency, and pretty valuable at that, is common knowledge at this point. But do we know its history, and … Continue reading Bitcoin: An Enigma?

Misinterpreting the Eight: What you don’t know about the Eighth Amendment

By Seamus Allen It is September, 1983. Following the referendum of that month, many exhausted pro-life campaigners are lamenting their defeat. Lamenting their defeat, because what is now Article 40.3.3 of the Irish constitution- also known as the Eighth Amendment’= – had successfully been approved by the Irish people, despite significant pro-life opposition. To some, this may be a surprising revelation. The story of Ireland’s Eighth … Continue reading Misinterpreting the Eight: What you don’t know about the Eighth Amendment

The Noisy 21st Century

How do we distinguish between speech that harms and speech that sparks debate? Alice O’Brien examines the divide The motivational speaker Tony Gaskins once said, “arguing isn’t communication, it’s noise.” No debate has been louder than the 21st century favourite: hate speech vs free speech.  It is a bone of contention that pokes its head into every news story, amplifies every political move and sparks … Continue reading The Noisy 21st Century

WHAT ABOUT US? THE MEDIA’S FORGOTTEN STORIES

 By Aditi Udayabhaskar Christmas is a time for family, friends and lots of love. We often take our cushy, warm homes for granted during the festive season, but seldom do we spare a moment to consider those less fortunate than us – why would we, anyway? After all, the media is so very selective in the content it showcases. We are privy only to a … Continue reading WHAT ABOUT US? THE MEDIA’S FORGOTTEN STORIES