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Seanad Bye-Elections: Nominations and Party Politics

Nominations for the Seanad bye-elections closed on Tuesday at twelve noon. The nominations were submitted  for two Seanad seats that were vacant by the resignations of two senators last year. The resignations of senator Michael D’arcy and Senator Elisha McCallion, left places on the Agricultural panel and Industrial and Commercial panels vacant respectively. The nomination process has been hotly contested and has resulted in a few surprises.

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CDU/CSU: Armin Laschet or Markus Söder?

In the coming weeks one of Europe’s most successful Christian Democratic blocs will choose its candidate for Chancellor, as Merkel’s term is nearing its end. The 16 year long Chancellor said that she won’t be seeking another term, and in 2018, resigned from the CDU leadership position.

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Who is Dolores Cahill?

A now renowned and reviled name amongst UCD students and beyond, Professor Dolores Cahill of the UCD School of Medicine landed herself in further controversy this St Patrick’s Day, leading an anti-lockdown rally in Herbert Park and addressing a crowd of disgruntled lockdown opposing protestors.

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Why Bitcoin Mining is More Profitable Than Ever

The last year has seen Bitcoin grow over 500% as the world becomes more and more obsessed with blockchain technologies. There are many ways to get your hands on these coveted cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin in particular), one of the most popular of which is mining.

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U.S.-China Talks: Blood Sport Ends In a Draw

Last week, delegates from the U.S. and China met in Alaska for a summit in the midst of worsening relations between the countries. The meeting marked the first dialogue between the nations since Joe Biden's presidency began in January 2021. The results were non-existent, with the U.S referring to the talks as "tough and direct" and with the two nations seeing little improvement over their relationship.

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Six Nations Reform

The Six Nations is undoubtedly the highlight of the rugby calendar for those in the northern hemisphere, but  discussions around restructuring the competition have come to the fore in recent years. This relates to a possible relegation/promotion system being introduced in the championship, which may be seen as an indirect way of questioning Italy’s position in the competition.

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