Features · Society

Cabin Fever in Mosney: Can We End the Isolation of Direct Provision?

  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?

Culture · Society

Art and Activism in Ireland: Leanne Woodfull on Repeal Chain

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

Perspectives · Society

The Irish Were Refugees Too: The Famine, The Refugee Crisis, and the Modern Coffin Ship

The Great Irish Famine began in 1845. For seven years, starvation and disease gripped the country. Over one million people left Ireland seeking refuge elsewhere. The plight of the Irish during the famine is a brutal part of history that nobody wants to remember. But it’s one we should never forget, especially in light of… Continue reading The Irish Were Refugees Too: The Famine, The Refugee Crisis, and the Modern Coffin Ship

Women in History

Kathleen Lynn: Politician, Activist, and Doctor

2016 has been an important year for the Irish people as we commemorate the centenary of the 1916 rising. Unfortunately, for far too long, Irish women have been pushed to the background, despite them being prominent leaders and activists during the rising. History has even gone so far as to actually erase women from pictures in… Continue reading Kathleen Lynn: Politician, Activist, and Doctor

Society

Femfest: The Past, Present and Future of Feminism

This morning, 150 women stepped into the science gallery with their femfest lanyards swinging from their necks, coffee in hand and smiles on their faces. It’s not a sight that most of us see. It’s brilliant to have spent a day surrounded by bright, young women who aren’t just perceptive of the world around them… Continue reading Femfest: The Past, Present and Future of Feminism