Monthly Archives: March 2017

Local resource group embodies community spirit

Jordan Sweeney reports on a resource group at the heart of Dublin 8’s ever-expanding community.
The dictionary defines the word community as a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. But the word can be made to hold a much heavier weight and to strike a larger chord. In some ways, 2016 has… Read more »

Chewing gum and cigarettes still Ireland’s biggest litter problem

Citizens have been urged to throw away their chewing gum and cigarettes in provided bins, reports Tahlia Nunes da Silva Peppard.
People all around Ireland are being urged by Government officials to stop throwing their cigarette butts and chewing gum on the streets. Recently, the National Litter Pollution Monitoring System Report showed that the most common forms of litter are cigarettes and chewing gum. The report provides… Read more »

Dublin’s municipal park a green and safe haven

The Phoenix Park fulfils so many needs for Dubliners and visitors alike, writes Kathleen Milewski.
The Phoenix Park is an award-winning park that sits on the outside edge of Dublin 8. Its 1,752 acres of rolling hills and stunning views of the mountains and River Liffey are enough to make any visitor forget that they are still in the city… Read more »

Melting the iceberg of fear

Emmet McCabe discusses a report on recreational drug use and drug-debt intimidation with its author.
A new campaign to highlight the effect that recreational drug use is having on violence and drug-debt intimidation in Ireland has been launched by the Safer Blanchardstown organisation. The Safer Blanchardstown group is a local Community Policing Forum funded by and operating in the Blanchardstown Local… Read more »

Pro-choice campaigners perform ‘The Witches’ Trial’

Activist group ROSA recently turned to performing arts to create awareness about abortion in Ireland, reports Erin Kennedy.
Socialist activist group Reproductive Rights, against Oppression, Sexism and Austerity (ROSA) performed a unique skit relating to abortion in Ireland on Henry Street late last year. The skit was called “The Witches’ Trial”. The activist group wanted to draw attention to the abortion issue in an… Read more »

Calls for regeneration of Sheriff Street area

Martin Cusack reports on efforts to regenerate a crime-ridden inner-city area.
The head of a new Government taskforce has said that legal and financial firms in the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) should assist young people in the Sheriff Street area by providing jobs and sponsoring third-level education. Kieran Mulvey, head of a Government taskforce appointed to… Read more »

BBC Radio broadcasts debate from Dublin

Tom Byrne reports on a recent BBC World Service programme recorded in Dublin.
BBC World Service’s radio programme World Questions was recorded in Dublin in mid-November. Host Jonathan Dimbleby and a panel of four invited guests debated political issues affecting Ireland. Mr Dimbleby introduced the programme by saying that “Ireland is the only EU country with a land border… Read more »

Religious education changing for the better?

Caoimhe Cooke considers the changing position of religion teaching in Irish primary schools.
March 2016 was a demanding time for Catholic primary-school children in Ireland. Due to a very early Easter, the week before end-of-term holidays was even more hectic than usual, with historical (centenary of the Easter Rising), national (St Patrick’s Day and Seachtain na Gaeilge) and… Read more »

The plight of the student nurse

Shauna McCrudden reports on the difficulties for and discontents among student nurses in Ireland.
She’s got the notes; she’s got the medications; she’s got the fob watch; she’s got the stethoscope. Her white shoes are getting dirtier every single day. The amount of information she is expected to remember is getting to be overwhelming. And now her feet are… Read more »

Remembering the Siege of Jadotville

The Irish United Nations (UN) soldiers who fought at Jadotville – how have they been recognised and should they have been given medals by now asks Sinéad Byrne.
The Siege of Jadotville has become well known recently with its huge appearance in the media and online. This may be because the public were made aware of the commemorations that took place but most likely because a film adaptation of Declan Powers’s The Siege… Read more »