Monthly Archives: December 2016

Campaign launched to save Syrian lives

Deepansha Banswal reports on a recent NGO initiative launched in Dublin to help the people of Syria.
A campaign was launched recently in Dublin to help support the people of war-torn Syria. The campaign is called #IrelandCall4Action and was launched in the Oak Room of Dublin’s Mansion House. It is an initiative taken by Human Appeal, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), to… Read more »

Irish-made film highlights Syrian refugee situation

Fiona McCluskey reports on an Irish perspective on the Syrian refugee crisis.
Borderland, a short Irish-made documentary focusing on Europe’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis, had its Dublin premiere in the Science Gallery recently. The Dublin-based filmmakers, Conor Maguire and Paul Webster, crowd-sourced about €3,000 and travelled to the Greek island of Lesvos in March 2016 to… Read more »

RDS hosts genealogy and family-history event

The use of DNA testing in genealogy was one aspect of a recent family-history event, reports Tom Byrne.
 “Back to Our Past”, which claims to be “Ireland’s largest exhibition of genealogy and family history, opened in the RDS on 21 October. It featured talks on DNA testing, electronic databases and archival records. The event ran from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on 22 October… Read more »

EU-Turkey deal a mistake according to IRC

Erin Kennedy reports on why the Irish Refugee Council consider the EU-Turkey deal on migrants a mistake
The Irish Refugee Council has called for increased public awareness that the EU-Turkey deal is a violation of refugees’ human rights. In a recent interview, Stephen Collin, a spokesman for the Irish Refugee Council (IRC), stated that “history will judge us harshly” if the EU-Turkey… Read more »

Citizens’ Assembly delaying referendum on Eighth Amendment?

Elaine Brennan considers some recent aspects of the debate on the abortion amendment.
A substantial crowd of around 400 citizens attended a rally outside the gates of Leinster House recently seeking repeal of the Eighth Amendment. The rally marked the beginning of a Dáil meeting where the Anti-Austerity Alliance (AAA) and People Before Profit (PBP) brought forward a… Read more »

Christmas festival returns to Waterford

Debbie Ridgard reports on the return of Waterford’s popular Christmas festival.
Winterval, which claims to be the largest Christmas festival in Ireland, has returned to Waterford city for its fifth year running. This winter festival runs from 25 November to 23 December and boasts some 30 Christmas-themed events. The Winterval Festival was officially launched at 5… Read more »

Clown craze finds its way here

A recent American craze has arrived in Ireland, reports Hannah Collins.
Starting in America, the “killer-clown craze” as it is now known worldwide has found its way to Ireland. Dozens of people dressed as clowns have taken to the streets up and down the country to engage in this ongoing trend. Armed with props that have been… Read more »

Dublin Zoo welcomes fourth Asian elephant calf in two years

Dublin Zoo is now taking care of three generations of elephants, reports Mélody Roux Mestrano.
An Asian elephant calf was born in Dublin Zoo on 19 September, after 22 months of gestation. The new baby female elephant was under 1 metre tall and weighed approximately 70 kilograms when mum Asha, the first elephant born in the Republic of Ireland, gave birth. This… Read more »

Council surprised by high vacancy rate in Dublin city south

Dublin city south has a dwellings’ vacancy rate 3 per cent higher than Dublin city north, reports Stien Verdick.
Dublin city south has a dwellings’ vacancy rate of 10.6 per cent. “We have to find out what’s going on and why it is happening,” said Andrew Montague, Labour Party politician and member of Dublin City Council. “I think the figures came as a surprise. It’s… Read more »

Three advertising agencies reject Griffith College advert

Three high-profile advertising agencies have recently rejected a Griffith College advert because they found it offensive, reports Tahlia Nunes da Silva Peppard.
Griffith College Dublin has been the topic of much conversation recently due to its investment in a controversial advert, which was set to cost €50,000 and included ads on radios, billboards and online. The aim of the advert was to attract people who are unhappy in… Read more »