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OPINION: Just how much of social media is enough?

By Silvia Benini, Marta Giralt and Liam Murray, School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics, University of Limerick, for RTÉ Brainstorm. Social media use and abuse is a widely acknowledged international phenomenon. We appear to be eating, living and sleeping social media, whilse ignoring the potential risk to millions in human development caused by our… Continue reading OPINION: Just how much of social media is enough?

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OPINION: Mediation process still has a long way to go

Dr Mary Tumelty (School of Law, UL) has an opinion piece in today’s Irish Examiner on mediation in medical negligence cases. CervicalCheck cases highlight fundamental problems with the adversarial approach taken in medical negligence litigation. The cases taken by a number of women affected by the scandal including Vicky Phelan and Emma Ni Mhathúna have… Continue reading OPINION: Mediation process still has a long way to go

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OPINION: Summer festivals: a queue for a portaloo or a play at revolution?

In her opinion piece on RTÉ's Brainstorm, Dr Niamh NicGhabhann (Irish World Academy of Music and Dance) argues that attending a festival in itself is something of a transgressive act. Festivals and festive events can act in many ways. They can provide an important point of continuity for communities, communal rituals that allow them to… Continue reading OPINION: Summer festivals: a queue for a portaloo or a play at revolution?

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OPINION: The kids are not alright: why some children are in a legal bind

An opinion piece written by Dr Lydia Bracken, School of Law, published on RTÉ Brainstorm, examines the legal implications of the delay in the commencing the provisions of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 that relate to donor-assisted human reproduction (DAHR). But celebrating three years of marriage equality is tempered by the fact that… Continue reading OPINION: The kids are not alright: why some children are in a legal bind

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OPINION: Why reform of Seanad Éireann should start with the electorate

Dr Laura Cahillane (School Of Law) writes for RTÉ'S Brainstorm that the 7th amendment of the Constitution allows all graduates in Ireland to vote in Seanad elections, but the enabling legislation has never been enacted. It is clear that reform of the Seanad, if it is to happen, will be a complicated process and it is… Continue reading OPINION: Why reform of Seanad Éireann should start with the electorate

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OPINION: What do our accents say about us?

Dr Máiréad Moriarty, School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics, writes for RTÉ Brainstorm that while it is impossible to speak without an accent, it is something which is ultimately controlled by ourselves. Despite the fact that many people believe they do not speak with an accent, the reality is that it is impossible to… Continue reading OPINION: What do our accents say about us?

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OPINION: Does Israel’s treatment of Palestinians amount to apartheid?

John Hogan, Department of Politics and Public Administration, writes for RTÉ's Brainstorm that many of the human rights violations suffered by Palestinians today call to mind the ills of apartheid, though there are some important differences. Amidst the shocking footage from the Gaza-Israel border this week, many online observers noted one photograph for its similarity to… Continue reading OPINION: Does Israel’s treatment of Palestinians amount to apartheid?

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Opinion: Women in horseracing

Laura Donnellan’s (School of Law) opinion piece discusses the recent retirement of Katie Walsh and the involvement of women in horseracing dating back to the latter part of the nineteenth century. The role and contribution of women in racing has become increasingly publicised. The amount of news coverage that Walsh’s retirement has generated is testament… Continue reading Opinion: Women in horseracing

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Opinion: Land reform in South Africa

John Hogan, Department of Politics and Public Administration, writes for RTÉ's Brainstorm on the issue of land reform in South Africa. South Africa has seen a surge in land invasions in recent months, a further indication of how emotive this issue is for many citizens Read in full: http://www.rte.ie/eile/brainstorm/2018/0419/955629-this-land-is-my-land/

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OPINION: How do you deal with a troll like Putin?

By Professor Neil Robinson, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Limerick Opinion: the west needs to make it known that it is above trolling because the majority of Russians want more links with the west The biggest trolling of all was the Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Russian actions may have had some… Continue reading OPINION: How do you deal with a troll like Putin?

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Say it loud: the continuing relevance of protest songs

Opinion: protest songs may not change the world by themselves, but they have the capacity to change the minds of people who in turn can certainly change the world. Written by Martin J. Power, Aileen Dillane, Amanda Haynes and Eoin Devereux, Popular Music and Popular Culture Research Cluster & Power, Discourse and Society Research Cluster,… Continue reading Say it loud: the continuing relevance of protest songs

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OPINION: Hashtag justice is no justice at all

"It cannot automatically be inferred that the complainant was lying from the not-guilty finding. The verdict can be interpreted to mean that there was insufficient evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt." Prof. Shane Kilcommins, Head of UL's School of Law writes in The Irish Times about the #IBelieveHer hashtag and social media commentary on the Belfast… Continue reading OPINION: Hashtag justice is no justice at all