Category: Politics

Living by Your Values

Some days it feel like conservatives simultaneously claim ownership over the idea of “values” and “morals” while criticising “the left” as overly emotional. Equally a lot of alleged progressives have let them do this, seeing values as describing somethings backwards and irrational rather than what it is – prioritised ethics. But there are things I

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Has Ireland’s environmental activism lost its teeth?

One of the strongest memories of my childhood was my family visiting the eco-warriors who lived in the trees in Glen of the Downs woods beside the N11. We had recently moved to Bray, the M50 did not exist and the N11 was a lane narrower then it is today. Whole families of people had

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Sing at a Protest: VOICES4CHOICE (Bucket List #45)

The Repeal the 8th campaign in Ireland to repeal an amendment to our constitution which makes most forms of abortion not only illegal but unconstitutional. All constitutional changes in Ireland are subject to popular vote or referendum. Voices for Choice are a pro-choice choir that have been changing the lyrics of songs for the protests

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Ireland needs Solarpunk

What has a genre of eco-speculation got to do with Ireland’s changing political landscape? What could solarpunk offer a country that is not actually famed for its sunshine? “Solarpunk is a movement in speculative fiction, art, fashion and activism that seeks to answer and embody the question “what does a sustainable civilization look like, and

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We call it Heritage

Ireland occasionally trips over its relationship with its own heritage. In the same week that Donald Trump declared March, Irish-American Heritage Month, to the discomfort of many, Irish minister for ‘Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs’,  Heather Humphreys proposed a bill being known as the ‘Heritage Bill’ which contains provisions thought to actively harm the Irish

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Activism against Activists

Many great thinkers and doers of modern history have labelled themselves activists, many have not and there have been plenty who called the title for all the wrong reasons. There are different schools of thought on this but generally speaking if you want to be good at activism forget about being an “activist”. Forget activism

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Complete Divestment of Irish Public Funds from Fossil Fuels

In a story that at time of writing had not been much picked up by Irish media; Ireland on the Thursday 26th of January 2017 became the first country to fully divest its public funds from fossil fuels. Irish elected representatives (TDs) voted 90 to 53 in favour of withholding the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund of

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What is the future of “women’s sports”?

For generations professional and amateur sorts alike have been a battleground of women athletes struggling for recognition. More than being excluded from sports played by men they often face discriminatory rules when they set up their own leagues. Generations of girls told they would not be interested or being shamed into quitting teams or training

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Mental Health Services in Ireland

I have made my feeling on the state of mental health services in Ireland known in asides many times. But this Mental Health Day highlighted the disconnect between what the Irish government and its various agencies claims, and what they put into practise. The Green Ribbon (#EndtheStigma) campaign caught the support of numerous politicians. The

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