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Hong Kong Protests Spiral Out of Control

These past seventeen weeks, Hong Kong has been rocked by almost uninterrupted protests. Starting as a popular outcry against a government-proposed extradition bill, the movement evolved to encompass frustrations regarding the lack of democracy in the region and interferences of…

Budget 2020: “In the Shadow of Brexit.”

In his opening remarks, Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe said that budget 2020 was ‘developed in the shadow of Brexit.’ The budget he went on to deliver had very few surprises. In fact, the contents of this year’s budget were…

Election 2020: A Strategic Look Ahead

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said recently that he hopes the next general election would be in May 2020. This will bring an end to a Dáil that over the course of four years has gone from being cheered as the beginning…

The Political Green Wave: What exactly happened, and what now?

In her address to the UN climate action summit in New York the 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg said, ‘the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight.’ In her fiery and passionate speech, the climate activist vehemently attacked the…

Pandemonium over Prerogative Powers

“No justification with taking action of such an extreme effect has been put before the Court,’ claimed Lady Hale, President of the UK Supreme Court, in delivering the Court’s recent historic judgement. This was in response to the legality of…

Broken Parliament, Broken Politics

Outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster there is a daily clashes. Pro-European protestors chant ‘stop the coup’ and enthusiastically wave the EU flag. They are passionate, noisy and vast in numbers. For one particular protestor, it is his life….

The Far-Right in Ireland: Faction or Fringe?

Over the Summer the Google European Headquarters on Barrow Street were the stage for prolonged demonstrations as freelance journalist Gemma O’Doherty protested the ban handed to her by the video-sharing platform YouTube, one of the company’s many subsidiaries. O’Doherty, joined…

The Premature Effort To Ban Election Posters

As the local and European elections approach, one fact of Irish politics is the inevitable emergence of posters for political candidates. Postering is a very Irish phenomenon, with many other countries either restricting their use to designated areas or favouring…

Indian Airstrikes In Kashmir: Rivalry & Violence

At around 4am in Kashmir on the 26th of February or 10.30pm on the night of the 25th in Ireland, Indian fighter jets carried out airstrikes in Balakot, Pakistan, targeting the hillside camp of a group called Jaish-e-Mohammed. Shortly after,…

The Greta Thunberg Effect

The planets temperature has risen by just under 1° Celsius since the 19th century most of which occurred in the last thirty years, sea levels are rising, ice sheets are melting and 2016 was the warmest year on record. These…

Exit From Brexit

The EU has agreed to allow the UK to extend the Brexit deadline. Theresa May sought to have it extended until 30th June. However, with European Parliamentary elections due to be held on the 23rd of May. The UK has…

Political Gridlock In Venezuela

Imagine your entire life savings being wiped out? Imagine having to spend half your weekly wages to afford a loaf of bread? Imagine in a time of crisis your leader not letting humanitarian aid into your country? Unfortunately, this is…