Opinion

Mass consumerism is negatively impacting mental health and the environment

December 11, 2019

Christmas is finally here. Which, apart from colder nights, the visit of Santa Claus and the unrealistic list of New Year’s Resolutions mean that you can finally relax from the mass consumerism that you have participated in for the past four months. With the Christmas sales merging into Black Friday, Cyber Monday and well into August apparently, what is the impact of this on ourselves and the people around us?

Opinion

The complex case of Lisa Smith

December 11, 2019

Death threats via voice message to a UCC lecturer on Contemporary Islam. Viral hate videos orchestrated by what are now well known social media presences. Anti-Islamic flyers distributed outside a refugee centre in Roscommon. Islamophobia is a growing issue in Ireland. 

Opinion

The difficult question of balance in journalism

December 11, 2019

The idea of balance has always been a key part of journalism, with the right of reply being a key tenet for any reporter working in a newsroom. False balance, however, is where stories start to get messy and the reporter’s impartiality comes into question.

Opinion

The poppy now feels like a symbol of military glorification

November 27, 2019

Tranmere’s Prenton Park was the venue for an event that almost broke the internet. Before the FA Cup first round game could kick off, a giant poppy mascot waddled out of the tunnel to stand in the centre circle. The mascot stood solemnly and respectfully as a minute of silence was held for fallen soldiers.

Opinion

What Twitter’s ban on political advertising means for us

November 13, 2019

Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey announced that it will ban political advertisements by November 15th. The purpose of this move is to stop politicians from advertising false statements on the social media platform. Dorsey tweeted that

Opinion

Why is Merkel’s popularity in Germany dwindling?

November 13, 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be remembered as the leader that brought Germany through one the worst recessions the world has seen in recent years. However it seems now that she is losing her grip of the people.

Articles

The Democratic Party can’t make the same mistake again

November 13, 2019

There’s a reason that Bernie Sanders has never joined the Democratic Party. The fact of the matter is that it’s an institution that is beholden to capital and wealth and not any of the liberal values it espouses.

Opinion

Gay Byrne was the man to question and shape Irish society

November 13, 2019

Whether it was introducing Boyzone to the world, debating the use of contraceptives in Ireland, discussing trauma during the troubles in Northern Ireland or simply giving a prize to everyone in the audience, Gay Byrne was the man to question and shape Irish society. 

Opinion

How safe is our data and privacy?

October 30, 2019

With the number of social media sites and tech based firms on the rise annually, how safe is our data and privacy when we’re online.