An analysis and contrast of the Irish homeless crisis

How are we to feel if we are to live without a roof over our heads and adequate accommodation? Numerous Irish citizens are facing this problem today, who have resorted to sleeping on the streets or facing temporary emergency accommodation. This struggle is not just confined to Ireland it is a universal problem. The number of homeless increase day by day, which has an overall negative effect on Irish society and these individuals’ living standards.

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Life saving industry – Investing more in advertising than R&D –

George W. Merck, president of Merck &Co., a major pharmaceutical company in the twentieth century famously stated in 1929: “We try to remember that medicine is for the patient. We try never to forget that medicine is for the people. It is not for the profits. The profits follow, and if we have remembered that, they have never failed to appear. The better we have remembered it, the larger they have been.”[i] George Merck’s quote embodies the idealistic nature of the pharmaceutical industry at its inception. He had made it clear how the pharmaceutical industry does play an integral part in the continued prosperity of society.

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CETA – The average modern day free trade agreement

  The ‘Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement’ (CETA) is a free trade agreement currently being finalised between the EU and Canada. This agreement vies to reduce non-tariff barriers between the two nations, attempting to harmonise standards and regulations across numerous industries. This bi-lateral free trade agreement has been negotiated in secret since 2009 with negotiations ceasing […]

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European make-up and cosmetics regulations could drastically change soon

European cosmetics market faces future obstacles   Cosmetics is a broad term for products which a person utilises in the upkeep of their appearance, such as; foundation, toothpaste, suntan lotion, lip balm, mouthwash or anti-dandruff shampoo. The European cosmetic market currently has 1,378 chemical substance banned from being used in cosmetics in stark contrast to […]

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The national internship scheme – JobBridge Investigation

JobBridge is exploitative of the Live Register numbers.Firstly, it is targeted for those on social welfare, actively looking for jobs, but have been unemployed for at least the past three to six months. Once they are ‘employed’ by a JobBridge company, the government then deducts them from the Live Register, appearing to look like they are tackling the nation’s unemployment problem. This can be argued to not even be reflective of the true unemployment numbers as JobBridge is technically a temporary job, and does not guarantee full time employment (though that is what the general purpose of an internship is supposed to fulfill). It therefore skews the labour market numbers favorably to make the Irish government look good.

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