Lorcan Sirr is a researcher at the Dublin Institute Of Technology. He has a deep understanding of the ideologies that underpin our approach to cities and our over-reliance on the market to meet housing needs. Caitriona Devery got the super new Red Line Luas to Phibsboro to talk about housing, planning, and the long fingered tentacles of the Catholic Church.
Beyond The Pale.
Ever heard of a Housing Passport? Patrick McCusker takes a look at a scheme that’s been talked about by the government as a way of addressing the housing crisis, in which you can transfer your place on the waiting list to another county so as to start a new life in the countryside rather than spend several years waiting for a house in Dublin.
Aramark is a giant multinational with its grubby fingers in all sorts of pies, not least the highly profitable Direct Provision system here in Ireland. But now a growing boycott movement against their on-campus canteens has sprung up in universities around the country. Tomas Lynch takes a look.
The Hateful Eighth.
Above: Paul Reynolds caught this very telling photograph at last year’s Rally For Life. Since its introduction in 1983 the 8th amendment has created an environment where responsibility of control for the pregnant woman is in the hands of the Health Care Provider. For practicing midwives, this is a scary position to be in. Polly Molotov is a registered midwife and general nurse and takes us through the problems it creates. It … Read More
The Boogeyman of Balance.
Listening to Marian Finucane interviewing anyone on a Sunday morning can be a slog but sometimes she makes a comment that sheds light on the modus operandi of the national broadcaster. Her “from both sides” comment when interviewing Katie Ascough last November got Sean Finnan thinking about RTÉ’s juggling act when it comes to balance.
Let’s Talk About Sex.
Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger is on the frontline fight for many issues but especially women’s rights and secular education. Last week she tabled the Provision of Objective Sex Education Bill which wants to ensure that children receive factual, secular sex education. Caitriona Devery spoke to her about the issues at hand.
Season Of The Witch.
Bristling with political resonances, Jesse Jones picks apart hidden histories of dissent and resistance. Her installation Tremble Tremble, represented Ireland at this year’s Art Olympics, the Venice Biennale. It features iconic theatre artist Olwen Fouéré and was inspired by research into witches and other feminist histories that are still relevant to contemporary Ireland. Caitriona Devery caught up with her to chat about art and politics.
For Whom The Bell Trolls.
The Ministry of Strategic Affairs have denounced the global BDS campaign as anti-semitic and have fought it tooth and nail. Now, they have adopted a new strategy that combines the addictive nature of video games with the insidious cacophony of internet trolling. Kyle Mulholland gets down in the mire and takes a look.
Five Irish Companies Profiteering From Occupation.
Above: A photo by Dennis Jarvis from Flickr. Both home and abroad, companies are profiteering left, right and centre from the Israel apartheid state. kev squires give us the lowdown on six companies that directly benefit from the occupation and put a corporate sheen over Isreal’s continued barbarity. Hewlett-Packard HP is up to its eyes in profiteering from Israel’s occupation and human rights abuses. HP’s technology and equipment facilitate Israel’s … Read More
Living The Regime.
Some recent master strokes & gaffes by our betters & rulers…