The Other Ukraine

Seamus Allen on what you don’t know about the Ukraine Crisis. A Crisis Continued Amidst the building pressure for sanctions against Russia within the last two weeks it is important to remember not only that the crisis in Ukraine has not gone away, but to remember how it actually started in the first place. While Donald Trump blocked an escalation of sanctions a week ago, … Continue reading The Other Ukraine

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

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