Bedtime stories

Under the reign of Cecrops, men and women could vote equally.  Society in Athens at that time was sexually freer.  This freedom was undermined when Athene and Poseidon raced for patronage of the city of Athens. While the men voted for Poseidon, the women voted for Athene. Since the women were more numerous Athene won…

In slow news:

In 2017, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, then minister for social protections. launched a self-described “hard-hitting publicity campaign designed to raise awareness of social welfare fraud and encourage members of the public to identify potential cheats.” More recently the current government launched a campaign to  ‘get tough with insurance fraudsters’. A recent report in the Irish Times…

Taoiseach announces new Citizen’s Assembly on gender equality

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar announces in a tweet that the government is setting up new Citizen’s Assembly on gender equality, saying that equality for women is moving to slow.  Mr. Varadkar set the lofty ambitions high aiming to make ‘Ireland the first country in the world in which men and women are truly equal’. The…

Progress is still at a snail’s pace

Recently there have been articles from circulating in the main stream media around the fact gender equality is a long way off from what is considered an ideal parity. This was something that I wrote about for a college assignment that looked at the slowness of gender equality by the numbers. One thing that I…

When too much is too much

The news shapes the world around us, there is no denying the power the role of journalism has played in democracies and non-democracies alike and yet the more I read newspapers the less informed I am starting to feel. Recently, I finished a book called Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes; it is the title…

It starts with a conversation

Debates surrounding climate change or global warming have come to a head.  Over the last number of days the group called the Extinction rebellion (XR) have been protesting in different countries from the UK  to New York in the hopes to utilise a political movement and guard against human extinction and ecological collapse. Lately I…

Pothole politics

Ireland is having a local election soon. And I have no one I want to vote for. The strangest thing I have found about my local representatives is that it doesn’t matter who is voted in, the party that the politicians do or do not represent is not important and I will tell you why…

The problem with feminism

There is an interesting story surrounding the patronage of Athens and it goes like this: Under the reign of Cecrops, men and women could vote equally.  Society in Athens at that time was sexually freer. This freedom was undermined when Athene and Poseidon raced for patronage of the city of Athens. While the men voted…

Irish Government built 18,000 new homes

18,000 new homes were built over the last year in Ireland, according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO), 30 percent less than the minimum number the Government says is needed to meeting housing demand. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar posted on Twitter “Good news today on the housing front. New figures from the Central Statistics Office show…

The Health sector disaster

Health minister Simon Harris is facing mounting problems within the health sector as 37,000 nurses go on strike. Not only are nurses demanding a competitive wage, we learn that yet to be built children’s hospital costs are spiraling out of control. While the government is pushing back on the nurses’ demands, they are pushing forward…