Category: "Motley Current Affairs"

Irish sides on track for Heineken Cup progress

After two rounds of this year’s Heineken Cup, the outlook is bright for all the Irish provinces. Leinster have two wins from two fixtures to date, including a fantastic result away to Saracens at Wembley

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Moving In From the Margins

Mandatory gender quotas are a controversial proposal for increasing women’s participation in politics. But are they a true solution, or just papering over the cracks?

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Students should tap into the social side of college life

Education means more than just academic learning, it’s about interacting and socialising with other students, which in turn relieves the pressures of being buried beneath a pile of books all year round

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The End is Nigh

The World Cup is a now distant memory, while the All-Ireland triumph will soon follow it. The majority of English Premier League (and most European leagues), as well as Munster rugby, have only just begun. And, of course, Ireland’s qualifying campaign for Euro 2012 is underway, with quite a successful start. But, what of our own domestic football league – the League of Ireland? And, closer to home, Cork City?

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You’ve been Quangoed!

Ultan Connolly leads us down the rabbit hole to the bewildering world of Irish State agencies.

During the heady days of the Ireland’s economic boom, the government decided to create publicly-funded agencies to deal with emerging policy issues and public tasks.

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Union should consult its grassroots

The Students’ Union needs to shore up support against fees once again if they want the full confidence of their members, argues Eoghan McMahon.

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The Science and Politics of Climate Change

Several decades ago, scientists began to notice that carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere were rising alarmingly fast. In just 50 years, the concentration of CO2 has risen from 318 parts per million (p.p.m.) to 388 p.p.m

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Looters Will Be Killed

Tom Smith challenges our common perception of the human reaction to natural disasters.
Imagine a disaster unfolding. A serious earthquake centred on a city in a “developing” country, for example. Few, if any, of us will ever have direct experience of such an event but I’m sure we can visualise what we think would be its implications

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‘Colleges not doing enough for young entrepreneurs’

Irish universities are not doing enough to encourage budding entrepreneurs to advance their skills and gain exposure to suitable business practices allowing them to flourish. That’s according to Collette Twomey, one of the finalists in the 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year competition, now in its thirteenth year

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Anglo-Irish: deciphering the spin

Saving Anglo Irish will cost the poorest in order to protect the country’s elite, argues Luke P. Field

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