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Explore a Semester at Sea

For most of us the notion of having to travel without money seems daunting and it makes sense that an education, which can lead to a rewarding career and financial comfort, makes travelling a pleasure, easier and a lot more interesting.  Studying while you are on your way to your favourite destination... 

Vinegar The New Saline Solution

Vinegar The New Saline Solution Surgeons at the University Hospital of Wales and the Spire Cardiff Hospital have discovered that acetic acid (vinegar) can kill harmful bacteria in the flesh around new knee joints.  This harmful bacterium if left untreated can weaken the joints, and eventually more... 

Hard To Swallow

  Hard To Swallow   Up until recently, the best defence this correspondent had encountered was the Arsenal back-five of season 1990-1991. In thirty-eight games played, they conceded just eighteen goals; put in context, Liverpool the team that finished second conceded forty goals. However,... 

Dunnes Store Strike Action

Dunnes Store Strike Action Should Dunnes Stores employees take strike action on Holy Thursday? “Mandate” the trade union representing the staff at Dunnes Stores has claimed that the superstore is currently threatening staff to prevent industrial action. The staff are planning to go on strike next... 

The Odyssey of The Clarkson and The BEEB

The Odyssey, The Clarkson and The BEEB Well, the BBC has let Jeremy Clarkson go, by announcing they will not renew his contract. The BBC created the monster colloquially known as Clarkson and I believe they should take at least some of the responsibility for his actions.  If you take a guy, any guy... 

MASS EVICTION COMES TO DUBLIN

MASS EVICTION COMES TO DUBLIN Just as night must follow day a city that cannot provide affordable housing for its citizens will see a rise in homelessness. It follows on from this that if the same city has buildings lying empty and those building can be made liveable, then inevitably people will move... 

The Employee and The Subcontractor

The Employee and The Subcontractor  A worrying trend has been noticed among enterprise help centres and start up advice professionals, which help sole traders establish businesses.  This trend relates to large scale companies are ending permanent contracts with their employees, only to subcontract... 

The New Working Poor

  The New Working Poor – Dave discusses new findings that suggest Ireland is at work again but at low wages & becoming a more unequal society. Employment is widely viewed as pathway out of poverty, and with the live register in decline and more people at work it would not be unreasonable... 

Water Protesters – A Siege & A change in Tactics

Irish Water Metre Installers leaving Rialto Water Protesters – A Siege & A change in Tactics Its midway through week 6 since Irish Water metre installers have landed in Dublin 8. On Wednesday 11th March, I drove up Gilbert Road, near Donore Ave, to see how this surreal siege between protesters... 

Friday Time is Good for a Rhyme!

Through life’s dull road, so dim & dirty, I have dragg’d to three-and-thirty. What have these years left to me? Nothing- except thirty-three.   January 22nd 1821   By Lord Byron  Read More »

A Drink and a Smile

(Image Credit: Meme Centre) In this article, (Patrick’s Day Inspired) Dave relates how a drop of the good stuff can make you more attractive! A Drink and a Smile It’s well understood that alcohol has the power to make other people appear more attractive. This effect, sometimes referred to as... 

Friday Fun!

A Generous Man He gave her this, he gave her that, A brand new car, a Paris hat. He gave her dollars, gave her pounds. His generosity knew no bounds. He spent it all, became flat broke; She thought it all a great big joke. To him the joke was not so funny- He had to marry her, for his money. by Ronnie... 

Is Clarkson Top Dog on Top Gear?

The BBC’s troubled teenage middle ager    (Image credit: Express.co.uk) Is Clarkson Top Dog on Top Gear? I watched Faulty Towers and looked forward to John Cleese as Basil Faulty. It was the same with Peter Sellers when he played Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther movies. Look at all the... 

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day International Women’s Day was celebrated on Sunday March 8th.  This day represents and still represents working women who campaign for equal rights, respect and to be treated fairly.  International Women’s Day was first celebrated in New York in 1909.  It was organised... 

Is the Gender Bill Paternalistic?

Is the Gender Bill Paternalistic? The Gender recognition Bill has been described as “a form of Irish solution to an Irish problem, with the State adopting a “Paternalistic approach.” Fianna Fail Social Protection spokesman Willie O’Dea said “We certainly can’t state that it is based on international... 

Dying for Fashion

Dying for fashion The National Animal Rights Association (NARA) was launched in 2007.  NARA supports the rights of animals in Ireland.  They protest against fur shops, circuses and pharmaceutical companies that support vivisection (cutting animals while they are still alive for experimental purposes.)... 

Bye Bye Sickness, Hello Health

Bye Bye Sickness, Hello Health. In this article, Gary Kelly discusses the implication of new medical science, such as genetic screening for disease It’s not all that long ago when the word “trolley” had an innocent meaning. As a young child it meant an adventure at the supermarket with your... 

Helter Skelter Homeless Shelter

(Editor’s Note: The below is an opinion piece and represents solely the author’s opinion) The residents of James Street/Kilmainham have done such a good job dealing with the five local homeless hostels/wet houses that the powers that be, have decided to gift them with another three.  The first... 

The Rise of the Irish Craft Beer – Where Next?

The Rise of the Irish Craft Beer – Where Next? – Seamus Raftery discusses the rise of the Irish Craft Beer out of the Recession In their book “Slainte: The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer and Cider”, Caroline Hennessy and Kristen Jensen called the ongoing craft beer revolution on... 

Goodbye to Theresa’s

Goodbye to Theresa’s  It has been on the cards for so long, shelved, promised, and shelved again but finally, the St Theresa Gardens regeneration project has begun with the demolition of the flats, a process they expect top finish by the end of the second week of March. I spent a lot of my... 
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