Podcast: Class A

The ‘Class A’ podcast provides an interesting discussion around drugs in Irish society more specifically around the argument for the decriminalisation/ legalisation of cannabis/ drugs in Ireland, the glamourisation of drugs in Irish TV shows and much more. The ‘Class A’ podcast features an exclusive interview with award-winning crime journalist, Nicola Tallant.

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Podcast: Paddy Tees it up

Paddy Tees It Up podcast is about promoting the health aspect to golf which includes an interview with professional golfer and three time major winner Padraig Harrington. Along with other guests, such as; the Minister for Sport and Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers and Dr. Aoife Ni Sheaghda, Trinity Clinic.

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Why Heavy Rain Is Bad News for Swimmers

Grainne Saunders discovers why sea swimming in Dublin Bay isn’t always good for your health. A nice day for a dip. 19th June 2020 was the first dry day after a few days of intense thunderstorms.  Ireland is in lockdown but Dubliners lucky enough to live within 2kms of the sea can take advantage of our beautiful sandy beaches.  On Dollymount, Portmarnock, and Sandymount beaches, signs have been erected. Perplexed would-be swimmers, on seeing the sign, wonder how heavy rainfall makes the sea dirty. Sea swimmers in Dublin should read further.

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We need to talk about suicide

Over 700,000 people globally die by suicide every year. Suicide is the 4th leading cause of death among young people. For each death, many others have tried. The majority of deaths by suicide happen in low to middle-income countries. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen in Ireland. Suicide is a public health issue everywhere, especially among men. In Ireland, 437 people died by suicide in 2018. Analysing the gender breakdown in 2018, 75%  were men compared to 25% of women.

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The Moral Question?

At the core of the neoliberal ideology is the privatisation of public services. Water is a natural resource required by all inhabitants of this planet. A human right. Not simply a necessity to sustain oneself but central to the sanitation that has been at the heart of prosperous societies for centuries. The liquid of life, some might say.

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Never has there been a more collective communal celebration than the historic Irish Water Movement of late August 2015. Over 150,000 people were remarked as partaking in the march to stop the introduction of additional charges on public Irish water. Seven years on and the debacle is still centred on water but now data centres have entered the fray and corporate entities’ demand is only growing on our national resource.

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