Business & Politics
The outbreak of the coronavirus requires increased involvement by individual governments to protect their populations and ensure procedures are in place to help the most vulnerable. But what happens when governments overextend their executive power during a state of emergency?
Eileen Flynn has been nominated to the Labour panel for the upcoming Seanad elections, receiving nominations from Thomas Pringle TD as well as the three People Before Profit TDs. If successful, Flynn, who grew up in the Labre Park Traveller housing site in Ballyfermot, would be the first female Traveller in either House of the Oireachtas.
On February 25th and 26th 2020, the first National Security Summit met at Dublin City University in the Helix building. The summit focused on four main branches of security to allow for a variety of keynotes, panels, and debates.
COVID-19 is dominating the news at the moment. It can be quite easy to detach from the current crisis we find ourselves in, even as the panic and restrictions that accompany the spread of COVID-19 slowly seeps into the daily lives of almost every European country. I set out to gain a better understanding of how the virus, and the accompanying measures in place, have altered the daily lives of different people living across Europe.
Aviation is one of the fastest-growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions. It generates 600 million tonnes of CO2 a year and other factors are estimated to have an impact even higher than that of CO2. Ryanair claims to be Europe’s “greenest” airline, however, the low-cost carrier was named in a list of Europe’s top 10 CO2 emitters.
Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE), an Irish charity committed to tackling climate change, have become significant players in Irish climate litigation. Now, they have been granted special permission to go straight to the Supreme Court, to demand that the government do better to protect our environment.
The increase in migrant flows has put immense pressure on not only neighbouring states but also many countries in Europe. However, the lack of a proper database system in Europe has made it difficult for states to determine the cases of thousands of asylum seekers.
Chile, one of Latin America’s most prosperous and politically stable countries joins the long list of countries that witnessed violent and leaderless protests. The demonstrations began in October 2019 due to an increase in subway fares by 3%, and soon paved the way to widespread vandalism, destruction and looting.
#morewomen was a trending hashtag on twitter during the General Election 2020 (GE2020) election campaign. As we know, only one more female TD than in the previous Dáil was elected – nowhere near the numbers hoped for – and many constituencies are left without female representation.
In December 2019, Turkey unveiled its latest military drone named ‘Songar’ equipped with a machine gun. This development indicates that drone warfare is evolving from firing missiles from a distance to engaging in close-quarters combat. It’s the latest addition to a complicated debate on the ethics of drone warfare.