May 10, 2019

My ration pack has arrived! Rations are provided for participants to eatduring Refugee Week in June. They are the same rations provided to Syrian refugees in Jordan. The refugees are fleeing a proxy war between Western military powers - like Australia, France and the U...

April 8, 2019

On the sixth anniversary of Thatcher's death, a frank obituary would mark her as one of the biggest arms dealers of her time

March 4, 2019

We have always had trans people; whether by that name or social role. They have been a source of awe, fascination or fear. Held apart, lauded and sometimes hated. Whether the 'third gender' or the shaman: invested with powers, their insights sometimes sought but freque...

March 4, 2019

The coverage since this days-old conviction doesn’t give us much insight into Cardinal Pell, but it does give us a good look at how ‘mateship’ and corruption in Australia works.

As soon as the matter became public the flak machine went into overdrive, casting doubt on t...

December 23, 2018

If Eurozone members are not able to create a system of wealth transfers it is a safe bet that the future has in store another episode of deflation for Ireland, if not several.

September 8, 2018

Like Frost's The Road Not Taken, John Greenleaf Whittier instead contemplates the road most taken. 

His poem Maud Muller is most famous for containing the lines "of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these; it might have been," but reading it it i...

April 23, 2018

Many in Australia and around the world have lauded the Canadian academic Jordan B. Peterson, whose refusal to use chosen pronouns has provoked a wider debate about freedom of speech.  As a psychologist and public figure, he lends respectability to a painful debate abou...

March 27, 2018

I left Ballymun in 1998, before the billion-euro improvement plan which saw much valuable land released and the community without a shopping centre.

In the towns neighbouring Ballymun - Santry, Glasnevin and Finglas - I often cycled on wild goose chases to find some per...

March 24, 2018

A year ago I did a medical test as part of applying for permanent residency.

I went for a Government-mandated chest x-ray, HIV test and "physical examination".

I weigh 84 kilograms, measure 183cm in shoes and I bleed profusely when pricked. I also laugh when tickled, die...

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