Return Of The ‘Boom’ – Still Facing Gloom

As the Irish economy begins to improve, are we in danger of replicating the mistakes of the Celtic Tiger, asks Rebecca Stone Homelessness in Ireland: the Facts As of late June 2017, the population of known homeless individuals in Ireland stood at 7,941 – the highest number on record. The number of homeless families has increased by 27% in the past year. 1 in 3 … Continue reading Return Of The ‘Boom’ – Still Facing Gloom

Seasonal Affective Disorder – When The Autumn Blues Become Something More

By Jacqueline Murphy Given the state of Irish weather during 95% of the year, it’s not hard to believe that the constant chill looming in the air and the almost non-existent sunlight levels are having a negative impact on our daily mood and overall attitude towards life. But what if I told you there was more to it than simply suffering from a case of the … Continue reading Seasonal Affective Disorder – When The Autumn Blues Become Something More

Yes, I’m Irish – No, I Don’t Drink

Current Affairs Editor Jacqueline Murphy writes on the ups and downs of an alcohol-free lifestyle in modern Ireland. As news comes of Simon Harris’ plans to introduce minimum pricing on alcohol, it begs the question – as a nation, are our alcohol consumption levels spiralling out of control or is it just another trait of the so called ‘Merry Irish’? Alcohol Action Ireland says the … Continue reading Yes, I’m Irish – No, I Don’t Drink

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

Interview: Matt Cooper – Politics and The Media

Eoin McSweeney speaks to Today FM presenter Matt Cooper about the role of the media in the 21st century “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @CNN, @NBCNews and many more) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American people. SICK!” This was the original tweet that President Donald Trump sent out last month before removing “SICK” and replacing it with two more news … Continue reading Interview: Matt Cooper – Politics and The Media

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?

What next? Motley asks Micheál Martin

Fine Gael is currently in the depths of a leadership battle due to the Sgt McCabe controversy: Eoin McSweeney sat down with opposition leader Micheál Martin to discuss Incandescent sunshine breaks through the towering window panes of Áras na Mic Léinn when I greet Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. It’s hard to imagine that at the same time a tempest of political furore hangs over … Continue reading What next? Motley asks Micheál Martin