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Controversy over New Maternity Hospital and Religious Institutions

In recent days, controversy and concern has emerged among some TDs who are concerned about the possible involvement of religious institutions in the governance of the new national maternity hospital. This comes after a private members’ motion was brought forward to Dáil Éireann, this week, by Galway West TD and Leas-Cheann Comhairle, Catherine Connolly, that called on the Government to ‘further ensure the public ownership and operation of the new National Maternity Hospital’ and ensure the implementation of the National Maternity Strategy 2016-2026 implementation strategy.

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The State of LGBTQ+ Rights in Eastern EU Countries

The topic of LGBT+ rights is no longer treated like a taboo topic in the former Soviet satellites: since joining the EU, many of the eastern EU members are obliged, under EU directives, to treat all citizens equally regardless of their sexuality and ensure that all sorts of discriminations are erased.

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Irish Defence Forces – Managed Decline

Early in May, it emerged that the state had to depend on an EU agency to assist in patrolling its fishing waters for the first time this year. This was due to a staffing shortage in the Navy, which further exacerbates Ireland’s problems in maintaining its defence responsibilities.

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A Look at China's Space Ambitions

Last month, the Chinese space agency successfully launched its first and largest module of its upcoming Tiangong-3 space station into orbit. The module, called Tianhe, is now floating in orbit, where it awaits the next ten rocket launches that will ferry the space station’s remaining pieces for eventual construction. Chinese state media has since released video footage of the module reaching into orbit, which is available on its CGTN YouTube channel.

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