Opinion

Are political parties offering bold and credible solutions to the climate emergency?

February 5, 2020

With the election being called for the 8th of February, political parties have been out on the canvass, vying for people’s votes to represent them in the Dáil for the next five years. Issues such as housing, healthcare and crime have dominated the discourse so far, but climate change has been an increasingly important issue.

Opinion

Why do Irish people continue to support Conor McGregor?

February 5, 2020

Conor McGregor’s rise to the pinnacle of the UFC and combat sports has been meteoric. His rags to riches journey, and embodying the fighting Irish spirit engulfed the nation, as he became a hero to many Irish people.

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.