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What Does BusConnects Mean For Dublin?

When we think about Dublin Bus most of us have mixed feelings, who can forget the time the bus driver slammed the door in your face and pulled off just as you were about to get on?, or equally, the…

Entschuldigung, vous ablo EU? A Case For A Common EU Language

It is time for the EU to develop a common language. We already have a common market; a common currency and we can freely travel to any country within the EU. However, what we don’t have is the ability to…

Opinion: Irexit party are the wrong people, but they’re starting the right debate

Two weeks ago Ireland saw the launch of the ‘Irexit: Freedom to Prosper’ party,  UKIP clone in all but name. While a courtesy glance at their Twitter feed will reveals a nativism typical of most Eurosceptic parties, they also throw…

Who are the Presidential hopefuls and how do they get elected?

With the 26th of October the date of the next presidential election drawing closer and closer and the presidential nominations closing on the 26th of September, the race to be the 10th president of Ireland has well and truly begun….

Brexit: The End of British Foreign Policy

 Britain is an island nation in every sense: geographically, culturally, and politically. As an island nation, Britain is protected by the English Channel, but these 22 miles of sea do not render it invulnerable. The Channel presents a major obstacle…

Online Advertising & The 8th Amendment Referendum

Now that the Referendum on the 8th Amendment has formally been called and a polling date set for May 25th we can all expect to see a serous uptick in the number of posters, leaflets and canvassers for both sides….

Is Ireland Actually Neutral?

Ireland is apparently a neutral country. That is what we have always been always been told, and this is best expressed via the triple lock mechanism employed in the rule surrounding the deployment of military troops. This coupled with Ireland’s…

Opinion: It’s Time to Talk About Ireland and the EU

Never in the past 45 years of Ireland’s membership of the European Union has its continued membership looked so unattractive. In light of the United Kingdom’s decision to withdraw from the EU in June 2016, there have been faint whisperings…

The Dangers of Cambridge Analytica & Why Ireland Should Be Concerned

The news that broke this week about data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica and their massive acquisition of Facebook user data is concerning to say the least. Facebook and many of the other companies involved in the mass collection of personal…

What Happens to British MEP Seats Post Brexit?

A core argument of the pro-Brexit camp during the 2016 referendum was that the European Union was being governed by ‘unelected bureaucrats’ who were not accountable to the citizens of member states. In short that the EU was fundamentally undemocratic,…

The Ongoing Crisis in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland has once more made headlines as a result of its protracted political crisis. Ever since the Stormont Assembly was collapsed last January as a result of the resignation of Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness over the RHI scheme,…

The Rural Broadband Problem

The recent exit of Eir from the Rural Broadband tender scheme, and the subsequent accusations that the process has been mismanaged is not the most interesting material to read about. The topic demands at least a passing understanding of a…