Monthly Archives: September 2014

Stumble in Dublin

The Waffler – Issue 1

Photography student on Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition shortlist

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 »