How safe is bottled water?

Sarah Larkin writes about possibily dangerous chemicals in plastic bottles. Water is a fundamental human need and right; as it is so important, we as human beings want the best quality of water available. It is bottled water that is marketed as the healthiest form of water available, sourced at springs and bottled to provide… Read more »

EU directive on free movement not being implemented properly

Michelle Manuel reports on shortcomings in the implementation of an important EU directive. Commonly known as the “citizenship directive”, EU Directive 2004/38 stipulates the fundamental rights of free movement for citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA), including the European Union (EU), Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein. The provision of this directive applies directly to EU citizens who move to… Read more »

Perils of proposed transatlantic trade agreement

Vaida Balbieriute questions the benefits of a possible new EU-US trade agreement. On 13 February 2013, US President Barack Obama and the leaders of the European Union launched negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), also known as TAFTA (Trans Atlantic Free-Trade Agreement). “We have been striving … for many months to prepare the ground for… Read more »

Technology the modern mistress?

With 50 per cent of those seeking counselling now citing technology as a contributing factor, questions need to be asked about the “third wheel” in our relationships, writes Blathín de Paor. A candlelit dinner for two was long considered the ultimate romantic scene, with couples holding hands or smiling at each other across the table. However, this scene has been updated with a new addition to the table, the Smartphone. In restaurants all over the country,… Read more »

Irish government lacks Norwegian expertise in how to handle natural resources

Dan Arvid Bjørsvik writes on the lessons Ireland and other countries need to learn from Norway’s experience of dealing with energy companies. The fact that the Norwegian government is able to tax oil and gas companies 78 per cent tells us that they are used to handling companies’ natural hunger for profit. According to a knighted oil expert in Norway, Farouk Al-Kasim, there was an attempt to… Read more »

The sport of kings – and queens

JJ Slevin investigates why women are not given equal opportunities in the horse-racing industry. The horse-racing industry has been known as the sport of kings for centuries now, where rich and upper-class men flex their financial muscles and display their wealth on a grand scale as they watch their horses compete, ridden by undersized half-starved men and trained by… Read more »

Just how safe are e-cigarettes?

Is an alcohol-flavoured nicotine inhaler really the right step towards “greener smoking” or stopping smoking, asks Sarah Larkin. Invented in 2004 by Chinese chemist Hon Lik, on behalf of the company RUYAN Group (now Dragonite International) in Beijing, China, the electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) has experienced a decade of dramatic increase in usage and wide development and expansion. However, there is little evidence on… Read more »

Different countries tackle bullying differently

Teasing, violence, intimidation… How do different countries deal with bullying in schools, asks Camille Verdier. The worst pain for a parent is to lose a child. So how does one react when they discover the lifeless body of their son in his room or watch their daughter fight a losing battle after receiving serious injuries inflicted by her classmates? “Bullying is… Read more »

Modern-day gladiators taking enormous health risks

The increase in concussions has scared the NFL but Rugby Union has a different way of dealing with concussions, writes Justin O’Brien. American National Football League (NFL) running back Reggie Bush told Andrew Hart of the Huffington Post last December that playing in a football game is like “being in a car crash”. Concussions have been one of the biggest problems in the NFL over that past couple… Read more »

Does modern-day Cinderella seek a sugar daddy, not a prince?

With more than 5,000 Irish students signed up online with promises of a sugar daddy to give them the lifestyle they dream of, is the reality a fairy-tale or a nightmare, asks Blathin de Paor. The classic Cinderella fairy tale got a modern makeover in the 1990s with the release of Pretty Woman, which depicted a rich businessman who hires a prostitute to be his girlfriend for a week. That arrangement eventually ended happily ever after. In recent years, the increasing… Read more »

Griffith Digital News

Two Griffith nominees in Magazine Ireland awards

  What are the chances of two Griffith alumni to be nominated as finalists in the 2016 Magazine Ireland awards? It is an even greater coincidence that the two graduates of the BA in Journalism and Media Communications… Read more »

Griffith Media News

Your photo view of Dublin could win €700

CoinaPhoto, a unique social media platform to share locally relevant social stock photography, is delighted to be partnering with Griffith College to launch a photography competition exclusive to Griffith College students. It is an exciting collaboration given… Read more »