Business & Politics

Pride in Ireland: Continuing the Fight for Equality

Pride in Ireland: Continuing the Fight for Equality

As we celebrate Pride Month, it is important to honour the pioneering achievements of early LGBT+ activists in Ireland. During the late 1970s and early 80s, a dark period marred by poverty, unemployment and the criminalisation of same-sex activity in Ireland, members of the LBGT+ community carried out several acts of resistance and defiance which would forever alter the social and political fabric of our nation.

The Chances of an Island-Wide Victory over Covid-19

The Chances of an Island-Wide Victory over Covid-19

Ireland has the chance to deploy a unique defence against the global pandemic, and politics may be the only thing preventing its full use. Analogies in other parts of the world point to the idea that a quick and effective way to wipe an island free of Covid cases could be, simply, a combination of geography and strict border control. No one enters unless border officials are sure they can do so safely. Ireland, however, has an international border running right through it. Is an all-island approach as a response to COVID-19 workable here?

A Recipe for Poverty: Fast Fashion, Global Supply Chains and COVID-19

A Recipe for Poverty: Fast Fashion, Global Supply Chains and COVID-19

Fast fashion has long been criticized. The Covid-19 pandemic is exposing the fragility of the economic system in which fast fashion operates. This is clear from brands which have been cancelling orders already produced, leaving garment workers in their supply chains without a job and salary – Urban Outfitters, Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins and New Look are some of the culprits.

Concerns Grow on Coronavirus Spread in Bangladeshi Refugee Camps

Concerns Grow on Coronavirus Spread in Bangladeshi Refugee Camps

While the coronavirus pandemic creates chaos and trauma in communities across the globe, rather than being a ‘great equaliser’, the virus, in many cases, is causing the greatest harm to those already vulnerable. The Rohingya Muslims are one group identified by organisations such as Oxfam and WHO as being at risk of coronavirus spreading rapidly through their community.