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?
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
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
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