Above: Medical cannabis campaigner Vera Twomey on the march in Littleton. Photos from Gino Kenny’s Facebook page. Her long march for medicinal cannabis put Cork Mother Vera Twomey in the news as she battles on behalf of her daughter. She’s returning to protest at the Dail this Wednesday and we’ve a feeling she won’t be on her own. Fergal Eccles and Beggars take us through the background to the Medical Cannabis Bill … Read More
Maybe we’re being hyper-sensitive, but it’s doubtful “junkie” is a term found in the RTE style guide for social media managers.
Especially as one to reach for when promoting a programme about how sound The Guards are. The victim of the assault in question even uses the term “drug user”.
There’s not even the subtlety of a quotation mark to keep the term at arms length.
When even government ministers have been taking bold steps towards drug decriminalisation, rehabilitation and safe “shooting gallery” injection clinics, this derogatory catch-all term belongs to a time past.
Bad enough they’ve tossed money into a fluff piece for The Guards.
We’ve looked at RTE’s use of accents previously.
“Seems like everyone’s doing coke?” says Karl Parkison in this blistering attack on Dublin’s rampant love for oner bags of gak. It’s filmed against the madness of Temple Bar on Paddy’s Day and lyrically remind us of The List by Northwall in its searing assault on “teeth grinding fools” and “locked bedrooms.” You can read more about Karl Parkinson’s forthcoming book The Blocks here. Landing in July 2016.
Say hello to Dono. He’s the self-chosen prophet of the end times and brings a paranoiac dose of the surreal to staid political commentary. Digs get thrown at our most reverent leader, a cyborg production facility is discovered in RTE and a rather tenuous conspiracy is put forth about the zika virus. Oh there’s a touch of They Live off it alright. Pay attention. Quiet down there at the back. … Read More
Pictured: A screen grab from a flick called Dirty Pictures where Alexander Shuglin gives some background on his work as the grandaddy of MDMA. A terrifying tale of drug misadventure came to our attention from Cork today. Several people were hospitalized at a house party amidst nightmarish scenes. The press has made a bit of a hames of the reporting, with the Irish Examiner and others citing 2CP as … Read More
The Lord Mayor Criona Ni Dhalaigh and several students unions in the Dublin area today launched a poster campaign to push a harm reduction strategy around pills. While surely welcome, it’s a bit sad it’s taken til 2015 for this rather muted approach to harm reduction to take hold. I’m not here to poop all over the party, it’s impossible not to compare it to to the far more … Read More
If you’re about town tomorrow you might run into this lot pushing the harm reduction agenda hard and fast. They’re promising a stellar line up of talking heads and politicans including Aodhán Ó Riordáin TD and Minister for Drug Strategy, Luke Ming Flanagan MEP, Anne Marie Cockburn, Dr. John Collins, Vincent Lavery and Senator James Heffernan. Take a look at the international campaign while we have you.
Photo: The panel of speakers at the recent Students for Sensible Drug Policy conference in The Helix. Yet another drug related death occurred this past weekend. Once again most media outlets are missing the point completely. Daniel Kirby, is the Chairman of the DCU branch of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. Here’s his take on how prohibition is making drug use immeasurably more dangerous. Ana Hick’s death was a tragedy, but a … Read More
Dublin Oldschool is a play that represents a side of Dublin that’s rarely seen in theatres. Nocturnal behaviour till the sun comes up and beyond, yokes as currency, sipping the same can of Dutch for hours. We sent Fiona P. Lonker to find out the buzz. I caught Dublin Oldschool in a packed theatre tent at Electric Picnic, which might just have been the show’s perfect crowd: despite lingering afternoon hangovers … Read More
Great interview with David Holmes, churned out as part of the Alternative Ulster history project up Norf. They’ve gathered up interviews with some of the musical movers and shakers of the NI scene over the years. Holmes ran the famous Sugar Sweet club, Orbital wrote the track Belfast, after playing it. In this one he chats the impact of acid house on the city: “It was the kind of the perfect … Read More