500 Irish and British citizens stranded in Peruvian Coronavirus lockdown

    Méabh Lonergan speaks with members of the #UKStuckInPeru group on the lockdown, repatriation, and governmental progress.    The global Covid-19 outbreak has spiked measures of varying degrees in different governments across the globe – with friction being seen in places.  One such example is the 500 UK and Irish citizens stranded in Peru, a country under an extreme 15 day lockdown, and the … Continue reading 500 Irish and British citizens stranded in Peruvian Coronavirus lockdown

EUROPE’S ‘LEAST FREE’: HUNGARY, THE MEDIA AND ORBÁN’S ‘ILLIBERAL DEMOCRACY’

Maeve McTaggart looks at the man who took Hungary into the shadows, allowing it to slip 31 places on the World Freedom Index in seven years to 87th. Ranked the least democratic of all European member states, Maeve shines a light on how the EU can pull Hungary back from the depths of it’s ‘half democracy.’  In Hungary, there lives an almost mythical tale of … Continue reading EUROPE’S ‘LEAST FREE’: HUNGARY, THE MEDIA AND ORBÁN’S ‘ILLIBERAL DEMOCRACY’

The Neglected Dialogues in Rural Traffic Calming

  Councillor Ben Dalton O’Sullivan knows more about rural transport infrastructure than most.  Elected to Cork County Council on a mandate of minding the “forgotten” small communities, he has immersed himself in new bus routes, speed ramps, and work as part of the Roads and Transport Strategic Policy Committee.  When I meet with him to discuss rural traffic calming, and what is being done about … Continue reading The Neglected Dialogues in Rural Traffic Calming

Brexit: The Dates, Delays and Deadlines

    Aisling O’Sullivan plays diarist in this timeline of what you can next expect from the eternal divorce of the United Kingdom from the European Union – mark your calendars, it’s only the beginning of the end.  January 31 At 23:00, after 3 years of talks and delay, UK officially left the European Union. This marked the beginning of a transition period during which … Continue reading Brexit: The Dates, Delays and Deadlines

Taking the High Road: Our Politicians and their Past

  Maeve McTaggart analyses Corbyn’s comments and Leo’s long pause on drug-use and the well-off, asking if our double standards leave us in an endless loop of looking at only part of the problem.  |“If there was a young white boy with blonde hair, who later dabbled in class A drugs, and conspired with a friend to beat up a journalist, would he deport that … Continue reading Taking the High Road: Our Politicians and their Past