Monthly Archives: February 2013

Chinese New Year Festival ushers in Year of the Snake

Marco Martinez reports on Dublin’s Chinese New Year Festival 2013.
The Dublin Chinese New Year Festival 2013 will welcome in the Year of the Snake. The festival will be celebrated from 8 February to 18 February 2013. The most important aim on the festival is to present the best of Chinese-Irish culture. It has been running… Read more »

Ireland’s prima ballerina

Laura Downes interviews one of Ireland’s leading ballet dancers.
Monica Loughman is a vision in black, hair pulled back in a typical ballet bun. She stirs a full fat coffee, thoughtfully breaking off another piece of croissant, a far cry from how she was depicted on TV’s Ballet Chancers. She left Ireland for Perm ballet… Read more »

Docklands Christmas Festival shows multicultural Dublin

Kealan McGuinness spoke to the event organiser of this year’s Docklands Christmas Festival
Dublin’s Christmas fun and frolics began in earnest with the opening of the Docklands Christmas Festival on George’s Dock. This year’s festival caters for people of all ages and nationalities, according to event organiser Daragh Maher. “You’ll find, in the event,” said Mr Maher from Raw… Read more »

Labour TD defends budget as fair

Kateryna Prokhorenko got his views on the budget of Labour’s John Lyons.
John Lyons TD of Labour responded to comments that appeared in the media recently that the December budget is anti-family and anti-children. “For a start, it’s the game of the Opposition to do as much as they can to hold any government to account. Opposition… Read more »

Icon of modern architecture dies

Camilla Xavier recalls one of the world’s greatest modern architects.
“What is immortal does not die at the end.” With this phrase, Brazilians have done honour to Oscar Niemeyer, who died at the age of 104 in Rio de Janeiro recently. He is an icon, an artist and one of the greatest architects the world… Read more »

Media manipulating public opinion on abortion: Quinn

Eva Lukai spoke to David Quinn about possible changes to Irish abortion law
David Quinn, founder of the Catholic Iona Institute, blames the Irish media for pushing the public into one direction during current debates about the new abortion law. It all goes back to Savita Halappanavar’s death, which created the climate in which the changes to the… Read more »

Labour deputy whip defends party budget position

Mark Lynch spoke to Labour’s deputy whip about his attitude to the recent budget.
Labour deputy whip John Lyons TD has staunchly defended the party’s position on the recent budget. Mr Lyons has described the budget as one “built on fairness”. He outlined the Labour party’s position by stating: “We are one-third of a coalition where the other party makes… Read more »

Changes to property tax needed: Murphy

Patrick Allen spoke to Eoghan Murphy TD about his reaction to the recent budget.
Fine Gael TD Eoghan Murphy (Dublin South East) believes the property tax needs to be changed to allow for those who paid stamp duty on their homes during the boom. He was speaking to this reporter about his reaction to the recent budget. The new self-assessed… Read more »

Wealth tax could avoid budget cuts: Dunne

Urte Mitschunas spoke to a People Before Profit councillor about his idea of a wealth tax.
“We could argue that a wealth tax is one of the ways of avoiding the cuts and extra taxes that they are putting on low- and middle-income families,” said Pat Dunne, councillor of the People Before Profit party. He believed that low- and middle-income families could… Read more »

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