The Growth of Plastics in our oceans & Potential Solutions

We use nearly 2 million plastic bags globally and over 1 million plastic bottles are purchased per minute, as highlighted in 2017. It is estimated between 8 – 10 million tonnes of plastic enter the seas and oceans, yearly. Now to put this in perspective it takes 450 years for a plastic bottle to completely degrade. Besides the obvious implications of amassing mass quantities of plastic bottles at landfills and waterways, bottled water also requires up to 2,000 times the energy used to produce tap water.

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Harry Potter & The Shaming

Harry Potter fans are in for a treat on New Year’s Eve 2021 when at the stroke of midnight, HBO will air a special programme to celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone”, the first film in the epic franchise. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, who played the iconic wizards, have re-united to make “Harry Potter 20 Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts.” They will be joined by the cream of British acting talent such as Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, and Gary Oldman.
But the woman, whose imagination created the world of magic, muggles, and wizards, will not be there.

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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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Israel; Friend or Foe

Israel has long been held up as a beacon of democracy and freedom in the Middle East, however, they have a long history of clandestine activities and dealing with tyrants and dictators when it serves their needs.

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Solutionism Explains: Was Fine Gael Founded by Fascists?

Blueshirt.
It’s a well-worn epithet, liberally applied throughout the Irish social media grapevine to Fine Gael and their supporters. It has seen an increase in use in recent years, with Google Trends noting an uptick in searches for the term “blueshirts” and “Fine Gael blueshirts” since Leo Varadkar, ever the divisive figure, took the party reins from Enda Kenny in 2017.

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The Internets Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz was gifted from a young age with computers, indicative of an extremely bright child. Swartz was an avid reader of encyclopedias and really anything he could lay his hands on. However, he became bored with school from a young age, as his priority focussed solely on computers. He was a key component in the creation of RSS, a family of web feed formats vital in the frequent publishing of updated works, such as; blog entries, news headlines, audio and video in a standardised format. His colleagues working on the project were astounded when they found out the fact that Swartz was merely fourteen years old during his contribution to this project.

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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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Locked in a Time Warp

It’s easy to draw parallels between the United Kingdom’s bleak economic prospects in the early 2020s and the devastating and epochal Winter of Discontent that augured the Thatcher years in 1978-79. Indeed, many in the media already have

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