The Who, What, Where, When, Why and How of Direct Provision

You’ve heard the phrase thrown around. It’s a controversial topic for a wide variety of reasons. Your friend who’s really into the News at Nine talks about it non-stop. But what exactly is direct provision? Direct provision (or Solárthar Díreach) is one of Ireland’s measures for accommodating asylum seekers. It was introduced in the late 1990s as an emergency system but nearly 20 years on, … Continue reading The Who, What, Where, When, Why and How of Direct Provision

The Disappearance of Tina Satchwell

Roisin O’Donnell takes a fresh look at the disappearance of Tina Satchwell, who went missing from her home in Youghal, Co. Cork, in March 2017. In March 2017, 45 year-old Tina Satchwell seemed to vanish from her home in Youghal, Co. Cork. She left behind her husband, her two dogs and an air of mystery that had captured the nation. Of course, this disappearance, like … Continue reading The Disappearance of Tina Satchwell

Eur-joking, right?

Cillian Lyne details what he sees as the lunacy of the Irexit Freedom Party I’ve always been fascinated with the tormented genius archetype: a detective with powers of perception so grand that even the largest of mysteries seem… elementary. Or, a doctor who treats patients as puzzles, while perhaps his biggest puzzle is the workings of his own mind. A scientist who traded his humanity … Continue reading Eur-joking, right?

Any Gaffs? The Student Housing Crisis

The housing crisis in Ireland is getting progressively worse as the years roll by. More and more families are becoming homeless, especially ones with small children. The housing market is in an obvious tailspin, clearly without direction or leadership, but what does this mean for the third-level students of Ireland? We all know someone with a horror story from their time in digs, and most … Continue reading Any Gaffs? The Student Housing Crisis

Ireland After the 8th

Jack Coughlan analyses the political consequences for Ireland in a land post-Repeal. “Mark my word, this is the vengeance of the lord” proclaims Father Ray Peterson to his congregation in Glenwood, Colorado, claiming that Ireland’s summer heatwave is a result of the abolition of the 8th amendment. Ireland is burning in hell according to the priest and now “the land of saints and scholars is … Continue reading Ireland After the 8th

Nope to the Pope? – The Hottest Ticket in Town

A number of months ago, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis would visit Ireland this year. Since then it has been clear that we are in many ways a nation divided by age, ideology and unspeakable hurt. After years of horrifying revelations of abuse and misconduct, Ireland’s constitutional and cultural relationship with the Catholic Church has been shaken to its core. Over the past thirty … Continue reading Nope to the Pope? – The Hottest Ticket in Town