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The ‘apologies’ issued by Irish harassers aren’t worthy of the name

Last month, within days of one another, two Irish men resigned their respective positions amid allegations of abuse and harassment. The public statements that they issued had some minor differences and some striking similarities.

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Please stop giving platforms to fascists: An open letter to Irish Times Editors

To: Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times Editor; John McManus, Irish Times Opinion Editor

Dear Editors,

I must write to you to complain about the article you published on the Irish Times website on Wednesday 4 January, entitled ‘The alt-right movement: everything you need to know’. Continue reading “Please stop giving platforms to fascists: An open letter to Irish Times Editors”

Submission to the Citizens’ Assembly

calogoThe Citizens’ Assembly has been convened by the Government to make recommendations to the Oireachtas on a variety of topics, most notably on Constitutional reform. The Assembly has been taking submissions from the public on the first item for discussion, the Eighth Amendment. More information can be found at http://www.citizensassembly.ie/en/. This is my submission.

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First Draft: How the Remain Campaign lost the Brexit Referendum

hqdefaultAs a dazed Remain campaign tries to grapple with the Leave result in the UK’s referendum on EU membership, the painful truth is that the cause of this result may be best seen in the mirror.

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The Wisdom of Crowds or the Madness of Crowds? RED C’s New Election Predictor

Wisdom-of-CrowdsThere was some interesting news out of Clontarf this morning: polling company RED C is using a new method to predict the results of General Election 2016, and it’s suggesting something quite different to other polls. Continue reading “The Wisdom of Crowds or the Madness of Crowds? RED C’s New Election Predictor”

America’s Experience Should Warn Ireland Away from Student Loans

Photo by Michael Fleshman: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fleshmanpix/8260828342
Photo by Michael Fleshman: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fleshmanpix/8260828342

Earlier this week, Fine Gael announced some of the education promises in its General Election manifesto.

Alongside the usual favourites such as reduced pupil-teacher ratios, one very notable promise stood out: the introduction of a student-loan scheme for third-level students. Continue reading “America’s Experience Should Warn Ireland Away from Student Loans”