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?
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/
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?
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?
"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
1918 was a seminal year in Irish, European and global history. Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam, Course Director, MA in Public History & Cultural Heritage at UL looks back on St. Patrick's Day in Ireland a century ago. Witness statements given decades later to the Bureau of Military History (1913–21) by former volunteers detailed local tensions with… Continue reading What was St Patrick’s Day like in 1918?
Audrey Galvin (School of Culture & Communication) wrote for RTE's Brainstorm about the Kerry Babies case. She says that Joanne Hayes may have received apologies from the state and the gardaí, but there is still unfinished business in the case: "Little was said about those who levelled these charges against her and few photographs were printed… Continue reading Opinion: The media still has work to do regarding the Kerry Babies case
Professor Neil Robinson (Department of Politics and Public Administration) recently wrote an article for RTÉ Brainstorm on why Vladimir Putin needs a supermajority in 2018. Neil writes that while he may be odds on to win the presidential election in March, Putin needs to win big to weaken competition and discourage opposition. Still, even with… Continue reading OPINION: Why Vladimir Putin needs a supermajority in 2018
Dr Joachim Fischer (School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics) wrote an article for RTE's Brainstorm on Life after Brexit. He argues that very few are grasping or even discussing the cultural shifts ahead post-Brexit as we face a new beginning for an European Ireland. I have seen little appreciation of the cultural shifts Brexit will… Continue reading Opinion: Life after Brexit
Opinion: as we saw in Harare last week and Argentina, Uganda and Chile previously, the media have long been targeted in attempts to seize power by members of military forces “In times of a perceived social media dominance of communication formats, traditional state-run media have particular relevance during a coup.” Our PhD candidate Muireann Prendergast… Continue reading Opinion: Media and the military
Laura Donnellan (School of Law) discusses the Iditarod race in Alaska and greyhound racing in Ireland and the rules around doping and animals in sport. Described as the great last race, Iditarod is a 1000-mile race which takes place in Alaska each year in March. The winner is decided by the nose of the first… Continue reading Shaggy dog stories: Laura Donnellan shines a light on tales of dog doping in sport
Laura Donnellan (School of Law) recently wrote an opinion piece for RTÉ Brainstorm on MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). In the article, she argues that the huge growth in interest in MMA has not been matched by regulation and universally accepted rules within the sport. Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a hybrid unarmed combat sport, which combines… Continue reading Opinion: Putting a legal and regulatory shape on MMA