Irish Politics

#GE16: Why are politicians so scared of young people? – Part 1

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The 2016 General Election is now just a week away.

I hadn’t planned on writing anything about this year’s election as I won’t be voting (living in the UK and having already booked a holiday months ago for February 27 means getting back to vote would be a nightmare) – but then I realised that was all the more reason to write something. Read the rest of this entry »

Matters of the mind

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Why is it still taboo to talk about mental health in Ireland? It’s 2013, and it’s time we grew up.

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Rape culture and the friendzone

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I am going to start this post by including a trigger warning; this post involves many references to rape itself, rape culture and victim shaming. I will be talking about some statistics about rape in Ireland and USA. I will be outlining some of the problems of rape culture too. Keep in mind that this is not a comprehensive guide by any means. For instance, I deal mainly with victims of rape who are female and I don’t really go in to what is and isn’t consent, but you can find a great post about that here.

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Irish abortion legislation

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This is the second of a two-part post about abortion. This part is about my opinion on Savita, Irish law and the public reaction. For part 1 (about why I am pro-choice), click here.

The recent death of Savita Halappanavar in Galway has brought the abortion debate back in to the public sphere. I even ended up debating about it with my parents yesterday morning. Unsurprisingly, my mum was outraged and my dad “wanted to wait until he had all the facts”, and therefore, in my opinion anyway, completely missed the point of the entire thing.

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Why I am pro-choice

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I wrote this on my old blog a while ago, in light of the tragedy of Savita Halappanavar, who died in an Irish hospital after being denied an abortion. I’m going to assume that you know what happened, and if you didn’t, then you can click on the link above and read about it. I was having a discussion on Twitter with two friends of mine about abortion and I quickly realised that (shockingly) 140 characters was nowhere near enough space in which to make a proper argument.

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