Enterprise conference discusses jobseeking and business

Finbarr Brennan reports on a conference on how to become an entrepreneur. The Innovation Enterprise Network (IEN) held a series of conferences recently to discuss enterprising both at home and in the workplace. Taking place in the Motor Tax Office every Friday, the conferences were presented as open mic-style events for professionals to present… Read more »

Conference told white European Christians are “dangerous”

Cayla Williams reports on a recent TCD conference on genocide and ethnic cleansing. “Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in Our Times: from Rwanda to the Rohingyas”, the last of Trinity College Dublin’s Behind the Headlines discussion series, took place at the end of November in an overflowing Synge Lecture Theatre. A panel of four international experts in the area… Read more »

Genealogy expo offers family-history insight

Cayla Williams reports on a recent exhibition on genealogy in Dublin. Family-history enthusiasts gathered at the Back to Our Past exhibition as part of the 18th annual 50 Plus Expo at the Shelbourne Hall, RDS in Dublin. The event hosted 35 exhibitors, all of whom specialise in ancestry, genetic genealogy or Irish history and memorabilia. Organised by… Read more »

Genealogy event has answers to who you are

Jaqueline Costa Ribeiro attended a recent genealogy event at the RDS. The RDS recently opened its doors to Back to Our Past, which claims to be the biggest and most popular Irish family-history event of its type in Ireland. The event offered an opportunity for visitors to examine the heritage of their family background and find… Read more »

The art of comics

Shauna McCrudden talks to a comic-book artist about his work and aspirations. Comic books are a rising trend in Ireland. From little boys and girls reading about Superman’s adventures to the 42-year-old man dressed up as Wonder Woman at a convention, it is an escape route for all ages, but breaking into the business itself is no… Read more »

Calls for regeneration of Sheriff Street area

Martin Cusack reports on efforts to regenerate a crime-ridden inner-city area. The head of a new Government taskforce has said that legal and financial firms in the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) should assist young people in the Sheriff Street area by providing jobs and sponsoring third-level education. Kieran Mulvey, head of a Government taskforce appointed to… Read more »

BBC Radio broadcasts debate from Dublin

Tom Byrne reports on a recent BBC World Service programme recorded in Dublin. BBC World Service’s radio programme World Questions was recorded in Dublin in mid-November. Host Jonathan Dimbleby and a panel of four invited guests debated political issues affecting Ireland. Mr Dimbleby introduced the programme by saying that “Ireland is the only EU country with a land border… Read more »

Religious education changing for the better?

Caoimhe Cooke considers the changing position of religion teaching in Irish primary schools. March 2016 was a demanding time for Catholic primary-school children in Ireland. Due to a very early Easter, the week before end-of-term holidays was even more hectic than usual, with historical (centenary of the Easter Rising), national (St Patrick’s Day and Seachtain na Gaeilge) and… Read more »

The plight of the student nurse

Shauna McCrudden reports on the difficulties for and discontents among student nurses in Ireland. She’s got the notes; she’s got the medications; she’s got the fob watch; she’s got the stethoscope. Her white shoes are getting dirtier every single day. The amount of information she is expected to remember is getting to be overwhelming. And now her feet are… Read more »

Remembering the Siege of Jadotville

The Irish United Nations (UN) soldiers who fought at Jadotville – how have they been recognised and should they have been given medals by now asks Sinéad Byrne. The Siege of Jadotville has become well known recently with its huge appearance in the media and online. This may be because the public were made aware of the commemorations that took place but most likely because a film adaptation of Declan Powers’s The Siege… Read more »