By Aislinn O’ Keeffe The power of the Catholic Church in Ireland was cemented even before the founding of the Irish Free State in 1922. The instatement of Penal Laws in the 17th and 18th century ensured that the repression of the Church would become tied to an Irish sense of identity for much of its population. However, ultimately the ...Read More »
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Young people are entering the stage of struggle. This new wave of activists hold ideas of equality and liberation from oppression as central to their world-view. These young people have a passionate opposition to racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia. In fact any denial of rights and dignity is being roundly rejected argues Monika Janas. A deep understanding of the need ...Read More »
By Cillian Gillespie How can five of the richest people on the planet have as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion? Why did 82% of the wealth created last year go to the top 1%? In Ireland, supposedly the fastest growing economy in Europe, why are 10,000 people homeless? Wealth inequality, imperialist war, economic exploitation, a homelessness tsunami and ...Read More »
The outcome of the Belfast rape trial saw an explosion of spontaneous demonstrations in every major city in Ireland bringing to the surface opposition to the culture of sexism and victim blaming in the legal system and society generally. It comes against the backdrop of the historic referendum to repeal the 8th amendment in the south and the emergence of ...Read More »
By Jess Spear Drought, heat waves, and flooding will increase across all European cities over the coming century according to a new study examining the impact of climate change on cities. With over 75% of the population of the EU living in cities, these results reinforce a growing body of evidence pointing towards the necessity of comprehensive planning and adaptation. ...Read More »
By Courtney Robinson It’s fair to say that the Channel 4 hit Derry Girls, which was commissioned for a second series after its first episode, had us all in laughter and tears by the end of it. The series is set in Derry, a “troubled little corner of the world” as Erin puts it, with the backdrop of the Troubles. ...Read More »
By Eljeer Hawkins The theatrical release and tremendous hype of Disney / Marvel’s, Black Panther, was a massive success in the United States as it broke records at the box office for a four-day opening weekend grossing $235 million and over $500 million worldwide in one week. In black communities across the US, grassroots initiatives to raise money to purchase ...Read More »
By Paul Murphy TD “Irish households have ‘never been better off’” blared the Irish Independent headline on 8 January 2018, citing an IBEC economic review. A major propaganda drive is underway to suggest that the ‘good times’ are back and that the crisis of capitalism in Ireland over the past decade was nothing more than a blip away from the ...Read More »
By Eleanor Crossey Malone The World Health Organisation (WHO) has described violence against women as a “global health problem of epidemic proportions.” Research carried out by the European Agency for Fundamental Rights found that 26% of women in Ireland had experienced sexual or physical violence at the hands of a partner or non-partner, and 31% had experienced psychological abuse from ...Read More »
By Grace Gageby The #MeToo movement has gained traction internationally against a backdrop of a growing revolt against sexual violence and macho culture. From the women’s marches against Trump, the Ni Una Menos movement throughout Latin America, and the ubiquitous nature of the ‘Times Up’ slogan, the issue of gender-based violence can no longer be ignored. In Ireland specifically, the ...Read More »