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

‘Time’s Up’ on ‘Me Too’

Current Affairs editor Rebecca Stone questions the longevity of Hollywood’s ‘Me Too’ campaign. Everyone remembers the rise of the ‘Me Too’ movement at the start of the year, as well as the accompanying ‘Time’s Up’ protest. Dozens upon dozens upon dozens of A list Hollywood stars and entertainment big shots came out with brave statements on the abuse they had suffered during their careers. Terry … Continue reading ‘Time’s Up’ on ‘Me Too’

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

Ring A Ding Ding

Éamonn Grennan interviews psychiatry professor Stephen Stansfeld about noise pollution, and what the future holds for health in loud metropolises As eco-friendly as third level students have become over the last generation, it remains that noise pollution (or alternatively, ‘noise annoyance’ in some corners) is something that will permeate for all the Freshers, Refreshers and R&G Weeks to come. The recent upgrading of noise disturbances … Continue reading Ring A Ding Ding

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

A Slice of the Pie

How can we tackle increasing income inequality, asks Charles Daniel Nolan Populism was certainly a buzzword of 2017, and beyond the dystopian hysteria it has been driven by unsettling global trends – front and centre of which has been the rise of income inequality globally. The inaugural World Inequality Report, released before Christmas, highlighted that global income inequality has been rising across the world since … Continue reading A Slice of the Pie