Gender gap in politics: Inherent structural bias or a gender divergence in life choices?

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According to data published by the World Bank, Ireland has fewer women represented in government than Sudan, Mozambique and Rwanda. Female representation in the Dail stands at a paltry 27%, despite women making up half of the population. On the face of it, there seems to be some insidious patriarchal conspiracy afoot, depriving roughly half […]

In conversation with The Tipster: Fitzgibbon Cup predictions

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I’ve enlisted the help of a parish tipster to call each Fitzgibbon Cup tie which takes place from 24 January. An outright NUI Galway hurling man, seen often in deep thought by the Clubhouse wall or by the stand in his home parish jotting down notes about training. Mysterious to most, yet knows all about […]

In the mood for dancing: A chat with Teresa Mannion

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Answering her phone for our pre-planned interview, Teresa finishes up a conversation with one of her co-stars on the show Dancing with the Stars; “Sorry I was just chatting to someone about my very funky dancing attire.” Apparently her funky dancing attire had been a reason for concern earlier on in the day for the […]

Diary of a Final Year: The Three Steps to becoming an adult (and what happened when I took them)

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Here’s the thing: I’ve never really accepted the transition to adulthood. If you ask me what the most important book I’ve ever read is, I will probably describe the Enid Blyton and Jacqueline Wilson collection that is stacked in order of size on the lilac shelf in my bedroom. If you happen to know that […]

Seventy eight percent of statistics are made up. In 2016, half of the news you read was, too

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People are reflecting on how crazy and unpredictable the last twelve months have been, with so many political curveballs and so many greats taken away from us. “It is becoming increasingly obvious that David Bowie has established a better alternate universe and is populating it selectively one by one,” one Twitter user wrote. Ninety one […]

Galway Continental Christmas Market makes a return

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With Christmas so close the last thing you want to think about is exams, but sadly it’s something we all have to do. If you are an extreme worrier and need to get out in the fresh air to relax or even if you just want an excuse to avoid studying, well we’ve got the […]

Examinations 101

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Exams start tomorrow and that means it is time to prepare. Here are a few tips on how to make sure you have everything you need for exams. What to bring to an exam: Your student card – there is a €25 fine if you do not have this on you for each exam Pens […]

Confessions of a Provisional Driver: Turf Wars

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My provisional licence turned six months old last weekend and panic stations set in. What the hell have I been arsing around at on the roads this entire time? The six month birthday of my little plastic rectangle means that I can now sit a driving test. It means that I should be well able […]

How to make the most out of study week

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Study week is a hard concept to grapple with; on one hand, it’s your first full week off from college since the start of the semester, and you’re inclined to think of it as a ‘break’, while on the other, it’s a week you’re expected to devote to exam preparation. So how is it possible […]

Eoin Drones: a note on a year of political tumult

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I have said it before and I will say it again: Bernie was our last hope as a species. As Roosevelt famously said: ‘the seeds of fascism are sown in misery and want’. America has been on a downward trajectory since Bush usurped Al Gore in 2000, so it stands to reason that a protest […]