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Asylum? The Direct Provision Report Explained

Deputy Current Affairs Editor Stephen Moynihan chats with members of UCC Fáilte Refugees Society and looks at a report that sets out to change the way Ireland supports refugees and asylum seekers. But is it offering real solutions or is it just an exercise in box-ticking for this government? “The current system of direct provision is not fit for purpose and should be ended.” It … Continue reading Asylum? The Direct Provision Report Explained

When Can We Make Plans Again? 

by Jack Coleman 2020 has been a year of cancelled plans. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has derailed the vast majority of scheduled events and has kept everyone firmly isolated in their homes. Though Ireland had a brief easing of restrictions starting in May, we now find ourselves back in a full level five lockdown for six weeks. So-called “wet pubs” were scarcely open for a … Continue reading When Can We Make Plans Again? 

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“Home is the place we cling to”.

It’s late October. Night draws in earlier and earlier each evening. Trees blaze orange, yellowand red. Roadsides and ditches accumulate piles of fallen leaves. There’s an icy chill in theair, and Halloween is just around the corner. It’s the perfect time for a ghost story:Imagine a young family – a husband, a wife, at least two children – pulling up to their newhome in a … Continue reading “Home is the place we cling to”.

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Living with It: Students, Accommodation and COVID-19 in UCC

Current Affairs Editor Alana Daly Mulligan talks with UCC Students about the state of student accommodation amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  Editor’s Note: Interviews were correlated through a combination of phone-calls and student submissions through a Google Forms system. The responses varied from somewhat normal complaints about residents playing loud music, to the more dire, like unsanitary living spaces, threatening landlords, “menacing” security guards, among other … Continue reading Living with It: Students, Accommodation and COVID-19 in UCC