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OPINION: A question of consent

Dr Susan Leahy (School of Law)  has contributed an article to RTE Brainstorm which discusses her research on sexual offences. She discusses the challenges of proving an absence of consent in rape trials and suggests the introduction of judicial directions to guide jurors in interpreting the new statutory definition of consent which was included in… Continue reading OPINION: A question of consent

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Opinion: Is Zimbabwe about to have an electoral earthquake?

Analysis: next week's election will see if Zimbabwe's voters are ready for change after decades of treachery, suspicion and fear under Robert Mugabe. Written by John Hogan, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Limerick for RTÉ Brainstorm. "Fears of rigging and repression remain, as 45 percent of voters think it likely that incorrect results will be… Continue reading Opinion: Is Zimbabwe about to have an electoral earthquake?

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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: 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: 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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OPINION: When is an activity classified as a sport?

Laura Donnellan (School of Law) writes for RTÉ'S Brainstorm about how, as recent legal cases around bridge show, defining what constitutes a sport can be a fraught process. "A sport needs to have a physical element, so mere mental agility is not enough for an activity to be classified as a sport." Read the full… Continue reading OPINION: When is an activity classified as a sport?

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Long read: How Irish crime gangs are a hidden threat to child well-being

  "Figures indicate that approximately three per cent of children detected for offences are responsible for over 50 percent of all youth crime in Ireland." Sean Redmond, Adjunct Professor of Youth Justice in the School of Law article was the featured article on RTE’s Brainstorm on the 8th of March 2018. Sean’s article is titled… Continue reading Long read: How Irish crime gangs are a hidden threat to child well-being