Mosney was supposed to be a short-term solution. 18 years on, the campus houses over 600 people. Newcomers to Ireland who have already faced years of instability are forced to spend months, and often years, in direct provision centres such as Mosney. In a recent piece, I argued that Ireland’s long history with emigration… Continue reading Cabin Fever in Mosney: Can We End the Isolation of Direct Provision?
“Considering one’s life requires a horribly delicate determination, doesn’t it? To get to the truth, to the heart of the trouble.” First Love is an often cryptic snapshot into the everyday reality of an abusive relationship. The novel, which has been shortlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, is Gwendoline Riley’s fifth book. Protagonist… Continue reading First Love: A Cryptic Snapshot Into an Abusive Relationship
When I think of the Repeal movement, a few images immediately spring to mind. I see the simple and stark caps-lock REPEAL lettering across Anna Cosgrave’s black jumpers. I see the eye-catching blue and red of Maser’s heart-shaped Repeal the 8th mural, which people have replicated on banners and t-shirts the world over. The latest… Continue reading Art and Activism in Ireland: Leanne Woodfull on Repeal Chain
Today, we have very exciting news. Spectra is launching its very first magazine! Spectra has always been a magazine/website hybrid. We want to pay homage to a more traditional magazine format by offering our content in the form of a 24-page online PDF and as a print copy. The online PDF is available here for anyone… Continue reading Magazine Launch – Spectra Volume 1: Q1 2017