Africa Day 2016: vox pop

Africa Day 2016: vox pop

Cian Doherty reports from conversations about migration at Africa Day 2016. Africa Day returned to Dublin’s Farmleigh Estate on Sunday 29th May for a celebration of all things Africa. An estimated 30,000 people came to enjoy the blissful sunshine at the...
Vox pop: Dublin refugee solidarity rally

Vox pop: Dublin refugee solidarity rally

Cian Doherty conducted a vox pop at the refugee solidarity rally last week, asking the public what should the Irish government do about the conflict in Syria. It’s clear the refugee crisis has touched a nerve in Ireland. Maybe it’s our own troubled history with...
Refugee crisis – are the numbers really that big?

Refugee crisis – are the numbers really that big?

Gareth Walsh puts the figures of the refugee crisis in context.  There has been much commentary on the toxic media and political discourse concerning the recent increase in refugees, fleeing violence, and economic migrants, fleeing poverty, arriving on Europe’s shores...
Why language matters in the refugee crisis

Why language matters in the refugee crisis

In this opinion piece, Mary Coogan highlights the contradictions and dehumanising affects of the language used when talking about the refugee crisis. What if Cecil the lion had been a human? What if he had drowned in the Mediterranean instead of being shot just...
Obama and the dreamers: a review of ‘The Golden Dream’

Obama and the dreamers: a review of ‘The Golden Dream’

 In light of Obama’s Executive Order on immigration, Cian Doherty looks back on the Mexican film, ‘The Golden Dream’ and considers the dangerous journey made by those seeking out a better life. President Obama caused a fuss stateside recently. His Executive Order...
Obama’s Immigration Act: Lessons for Ireland?

Obama’s Immigration Act: Lessons for Ireland?

With his Executive Order on immigration policy, US President Barack Obama aims to offer temporary legal status to an estimated five million illegal immigrants, as well as an indefinite reprieve from deportation. This approach could be the most decisive revision of the...