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’

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

Where are all the women in the 33rd Dáil?

  The 2016 election was the first to be beholden to the gender quota and flanked by the referenda of marriage quality and repeal, it elected more women to Leinster House than ever before. In the results February of 2020, Maeve McTaggart muses upon why it matters that the changing tide of political representation has been quelled to a ripple.   “I was a gender … Continue reading Where are all the women in the 33rd Dáil?

The Green party are Soft-Capitalists. Vote for them anyway.

Niamh Browne offers an argument for voting Green in the upcoming election – or at least why you shouldn’t not lose your faith in the left. A lot of rhetoric coming up to the General Election 2020, is don’t vote Fine Gael, don’t vote Fianna Fail. More interestingly is the rhetoric that we shouldn’t give preferences to Labour or the Greens because they are “soft … Continue reading The Green party are Soft-Capitalists. Vote for them anyway.

Trump’s 2020 chances: a Lie or a Landslide?

  Molly Kavanagh looks at the odds of a second term for America’s 45th President, preparing us for the fact that if 2016 has taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected.   The United States 2020 presidential election is less than one year away. The general consensus one year prior to the 2016 election was that Donald Trump would never be the Republican nominee. … Continue reading Trump’s 2020 chances: a Lie or a Landslide?