Are we feelin’ repealin’?

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2016 was the year where the impossible became possible. Beloved celebrities believed to be around for years to come passed away. Brexit was passed in a referendum. And a public misogynists became President of arguably the most powerful country in the world. These were results many did not expect. It seems that the quieter voter, […]

The left-wing elephant in the room

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Sanctimonious rhetoric is all too prevalent nowadays in a media completely dominated by image. When sifting through a newspaper or online news articles, one does not have to search long before coming across some politically correct outrage over what the layperson may deem as overreacting (observe that someone may be overreacting, and indeed you too […]

The regression to infantilism

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The phrase ‘regression to infantilism’ was first coined by renowned intellectual-cum­-iconoclast Christopher Hitchens on an episode of topical debate show Charlie Rose in 1994. The YouTube upload of this show is doubly important. Upon first viewing, it functions as a how-to on civil discourse that we could all benefit from watching in today’s climate of […]

I think we better leave right now

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Ireland has been an EU member state for the last four decades. A lot has changed in that time – for one, we are now EU net contributors as opposed to solely recipients of EU money. In 2014, we contributed €1.62 billion to the EU. Mentioning that figure alone indicates that our membership is becoming […]

Ireland without Europe would drown

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Éirexit: it just doesn’t have the same ring to it. For the press, the pundits and portmanteau lovers alike, Éirexit is not going to cut it. Unfortunately, it takes a very acute obsession with wordplay to disregard the possibility of Ireland leaving the EU based on the hashtag alone. For those less linguistically-allured, allow me […]

The ‘gender pay gap’ is a myth, employed by politicians to buy votes

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The gender pay gap became a worldwide talking point when then-president and media darling Barack Obama announced in January of last year that the institutional barriers which enabled evil, patriarchal companies to pay women 77 cents for every dollar shelled out to their male counter-parts would be done away with. Despite the moral dubiousness of […]

When will being a woman finally mean being an equal?

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A recent report published in The Irish Times has stated that in 2015, men earned an average of 14.8% more than women in Ireland, indicating that the pay disparity has increased from a low of 8.3% in 2012. Some believe the pay gap to be a myth, undoubtedly a mentality that stems from a lack […]

Time to REPEAL the use of catchy slogans?

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‘War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength’ – these are the inherently contradictory political slogans employed by the ruling party in Orwell’s 1984 to keep the proletariat in check. But what do they mean? ‘War is Peace’ implies that constant warfare needs to be waged on far-flung parts of the world in order […]

Why #Strike4Repeal is a Necessary Move

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This is year 34 of the existence of the 8th Amendment. Every day 12 people leave our little country to seek an abortion. Pro-Choice and Pro-Life are both passionate groups and neither show signs of shrinking away from the argument any time soon. #Strike4Repeal was initially a direct action to demand that the Irish government call a […]

To condone RAG Week is to condone carnage

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In the second month of the year of our lord two thousand and ten, Galway descended into anarchy. Cans littered the streets, flares illuminated the skies and a young student reveller took a dump on a nice couple’s porch in Newcastle. This is all part of the tainted legacy of RAG Week that the central […]