Half of average diet now ultra-processed food, study claims

Bronwyn Molony reports on the drawbacks of ultra-processed food. When it comes to food, we all have an opinion on what we should be eating. Should we all go vegan to save the planet? How do we make sure that we are really buying free range? How do we know that what we are… Read more »

Living in a country with restrictions on abortion

Camila Moret considers some of the realities for women living in Ireland with its legal limits on abortion availability. It is believed that 12 women in Ireland have an abortion every day. Some fly to places such as the UK or Spain where abortion is legalised and regulated, others find illegal methods within Ireland, such as buying pills online to induce a miscarriage. Depending… Read more »

Religion as a cure for depression

Jaqueline Costa Ribeiro writes about the power of beliefs to help people cope with depression. Fabrine Velloso Maselli is a 40-year-old Brazilian woman who is currently living in Dublin. Most who meet her may not realise it, but she has been in a constant struggle, since childhood, against depression and generalised anxiety disorder (GAD). Ms Maselli is the only daughter of… Read more »

Charges of bullying and prostitution trigger scandal in Oxfam

Barbara Debout reports on the Oxfam scandal caused by charges that the former director of Oxfam Haiti paid for prostitutes with the organisation’s money. It is in a tense atmosphere, where the term “misogyny” is omnipresent in the media, that the Oxfam scandal has spread. The former director of Oxfam Haiti, Roland van Hauwermeiren, has become embroiled in a sex scandal. It is claimed that he paid for sex… Read more »

Outcry for change in male behaviour

Angelina Niederpruem argues that changes in the structures of our society are needed to make women feel safer. The behaviour of Harvey Weinstein has triggered a debate about the handling of sexual violence in society – about the language we use when we talk about the opposite sex and also about structures and systems in which women are exploited, abused and discriminated against. Different… Read more »

Paws up for Dublin’s Chinese Year of the Dog

Carolina Hernández de Toledo reports on the recent Chinese New Year Festival in Dublin. Dogs took over Dublin recently for the Chinese New Year of the Dog, bursting into the city with different activities, traditions and cultural exchanges along the 27 venues of the festival. The 15 days’ celebration covered the city in the colour red, wishing everybody good… Read more »

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 »

Irish history closely mimicked in popular TV series

Tom Byrne explains how a popular TV series has such close parallels in early-modern Irish history. In early 1487, a 12-year-old boy arrived in Dublin, accompanied by a priest. He promptly announced he was Edward, earl of Warwick, the rightful heir to the English crown, just escaped from the Tower of London. Suddenly, Dublin was a city caught up in royal… Read more »

Sova, Ireland’s first vegan butcher

Tatiana Scutari reports on a local vegan restaurant success. What is a vegan butcher and who has the nerve to run such an establishment? You may have passed by Sova Vegan Butcher in Dublin several times but maybe never had the chance to know Barto Sova, the man behind this place. He describes himself as… Read more »