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The latest statistics on Irish emigration, published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), show an increase in emigration with over 243 people leaving the country every day. No matter how much spin the right wing media attempt to put on these figures they cannot be explained away as a shift in the lifestyle decisions of young Irish people, they represent an economic and social crisis.
By Jacob Richards
On October 4th the electorate will be asked to vote on the abolition of the Seanad. Many people will be apprehensive about voting in favour of abolition and justifiably so. This government has given plenty of reasons since taking office for people to be suspicious of their motives. They have broken countless promises, driven the same austerity agenda as their predecessor and worsened the standards of living for those most vulnerable in society. It is quite understandable that people would wish to punish FG/Lab by voting no in the referendum. The problem is that by doing so, the Irish people will have missed the opportunity to remove one of the most undemocratic and ineffective institutions in the state.
Denis O’Brien – True to the Tradition of William Martin Murphy
By Jacob Richards
The Irish media strive on the failings of others but when it comes to critiquing itself it falls way below par. This is clearly evident in its failure to highlight the case of former Irish Independent journalist Gemma O’ Doherty. The sad truth is that few will be aware of the case of Miss O’ Doherty given the practically non exposure she has received in Ireland. Besides a small piece in a recent edition of Phoenix magazine, it has taken the English Guardian to shed any public light on the scandalous termination of her employment with the Irish independent.
by Jamison Maeda
Bradley Manning was a 25 year old intelligence analyst in the US Army, who was arrested in 2010 for leaking hundreds of thousands of confidential, government and military documents to the public via Wikileaks. Manning claimed his objective was to remove “the fog of war and reveal the true nature of 21st century asymmetric warfare.” Manning accomplished much more.