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Damning Verdict: mother and baby homes reported

CW: sexual assault The words used by Irish Taoiseach Michaeál Martin to describe Ireland’s most shameful history: a “profound, generational wrong”. This week, a judicial commission of investigation has published a long-overdue, 2,865-page report that goes some way in laying bare the disgusting nature of Ireland’s mother and baby homes. Active until 1998, these institutions […]

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Lockdown? I think I’ve seen this film before

A “blunt instrument”. An inflicter of “needless damage”. These were the words used by Rishi Sunak when questions were raised regarding the possibility of a two-week ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown in October. Barely three weeks later, the government performed yet another U-Turn in spectacular fashion, announcing a one-month national lockdown that will force England indoors until at […]

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In a post-COVID world, it’s time our female leaders took centre stage

Speaking plainly, Britain’s COVID-19 response has been little better than a catastrophe. With over 42,000 deaths being attributed to the coronavirus this year, Britain’s record is amongst the worst in the world. As cases and deaths begin to rise again, serious questions are being raised as to how our government got this so completely wrong, […]

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COVID-19 meets university: a host of misconceptions and false promises

Over a week ago, students were hit with yet another wave of COVID-related restrictions, with universities across Scotland placing students under what was essentially house arrest for a period of two days. Those found to be going to pubs, bars, restaurants, or even fraternising in households outside of their own, faced suspension from university. Yes, […]

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The 10:00pm Curfew: Yet another addition to our government’s incoherent approach to COVID-19

Herd immunity. Lockdown. Eat Out to Help Out. Super Saturday. Rule of Six. Now a 10pm curfew, just one in a long list of attempts by Boris Johnson (or Churchill-incarnate as he seems to go by these days) to manage the catastrophic social and economic impacts of COVID-19. Of course, no leader has handled this […]

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COVID 19- An Emerging Social Crisis

For many of us, university is not somewhere we go simply to just get our degree and leave without so much as a backward glance. When we inevitably remember our time here, it won’t be that particularly difficult essay for our Philosophy of Science module that we reminisce fondly over. We are here to build […]

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Corporal Punishment: A Violation of Human Rights?

The answer to that question is one of the most hotly debated topics today. Are we mentally scarring women and men, girls and boys, by allowing flogging, caning, beating, and whipping as a form of discipline? Should we condemn countries that use a law of a bygone age as an excuse to abuse and condemn […]