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The Climate Bill Needs Change.

Photo credit: 350.org | People’s Climate Ireland and Young Friends of the Earth Protest. Rory Fogarty take a look at how exasperated campaigners deride absent targets, weak mechanisms and ambiguous definitions. The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2015 was published on the 19th of January to a tepid response. After 3 years of waiting, exasperated environmental campaigners welcomed the arrival of Ireland’s

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What’s Wrong With TTIP?

Pictured: Campaigners against TTIP make their point loud and clear at a demonstration at the Central Bank | Photo credit: Monica Manzzi Barry Finnegan from the TTIP Information Network takes a look at the trade deal. No one is against recognising each other’s standards for car airbags and indicators; the same goes for medical devices related to insulin, stints and the like. So let’s make

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From Edenmore To El Alto.

Photo Credits: Jamie Goldrick captures a campaigner in Broadstone. Patrick Bresnihan takes a look at how water is transforming how politics happens in our communities. In February, Comhlámh hosted a First Wednesday debate which put the ongoing resistance to water charges and Irish Water into a global context of popular struggles for water justice. The evening debate ‘From El Alto to Edenmore’ opened with

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The Rocky Road To Democracy In Burma.

  Photo Credit: lewishamdreamer | Activists mark the house arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi in 2007. Aine Rickard takes a look at how the recent news from Burma about the beating and arrest of student protesters reflects the current direction of democratic reform in the country. From positive beginnings, it has become clear that the much hoped-for reform process has not only stalled, but

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Organising Against Direct Provision On Campus.

 Photo credit: Caroline Reid | A protest in Athlone against the Direct Provision system. Jimmy Billings and Aidan Rowe give us the background to the UCD Against Direct Provision Campaign. Introduced on 10 April 2000 as a temporary emergency measure, the system of ‘Direct Provision and Dispersal’ is 15 years old last month. In this time, it is estimated that the Department of Justice

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The Rhythm Of Afrobeat.

Photo credit: André Sanches | Some members of Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble pictured in 2014.   Sive Bresnihan looks at how  Fela Kuti’s funky mix of musical styles is alive and thriving in Dublin town. Formed in 2012 and comprising of 15 plus musicians from almost as many countries, Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble is known for its collaborative style, high energy performances and infectious grooves. Recently,

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Football’s Dark Shadow.

  Photo Credits:  Omar Chatriwala. Campaigners have been highlighting the lack of migrant rights in the build up to the World Cup. Shankley quipped “football is a matter of life and death.” In Qatar it’s no joke. Tommy Bergin, from Community and Youth Work, NUI takes a look at labour conditions ahead of 2022. The hosting of the 2022 World Cup by Qatar has

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