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The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons: A Step Forward or Pure Symbolism?

On the 22nd of January 2021, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons entered into force with 86 signatories, having been adopted in 2017 with 52 party states including Ireland. Activists have hailed the treaty as a significant step forward in denuclearisation while others, noting that none of the nuclear-armed states have joined it, have dismissed the treaty as little more than “symbolic”. This article will briefly explore past diplomatic efforts to reduce the risk of global nuclear annihilation before taking a closer look at this latest treaty and what it means for denuclearisation efforts going forward.

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Samantha Power: Joe Biden’s Nomination for USAID

Samantha Power has been nominated by President Joe Biden to lead the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This is the lead organization overseeing US humanitarian aid around the world. This is a role suited perfectly to human rights advocate Power who previously held the role of US Ambassador to the United Nations. Samantha Power’s Irish connections are true and strong. It is likely this connection will play an important role in the relationship between Power and Biden in the new administration.

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The US Impeachment Process: is it an adequate way of removing an individual from office?

The way individuals who hold high office are removed from such office due to their mal-behaviour or wrongdoing, is done so by being “impeached”. In the context of the United States, this means that Congress is capable of removing individuals in official office within the US government such as, a Senator, Congressman, Secretary in the Cabinet, Ambassador et al. This piece will maintain its focus on the impeachment of a President. 

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Medical Cannabis: Approved for HSE Service Plan

This year, medical cannabis has been added to the HSE service plan; in short, this will allow for the patent of medications containing cannabis to be prescribed to patients. To date, four products have been approved, and more are being reviewed. However, the criminal association of cannabis in Ireland has troubled the movement, notwithstanding the fact that such medical treatments that have been supported by various studies, including one by the Journal of Psychopharmacology (2020), which details the high demand by patients and the reluctance of  health services to fulfil this demand.

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The implications of Trump establishing a splinter party

As the 45th President of the United States, Trump’s tumultuous term has finally come to an end, with Biden being inaugurated earlier this week. However, one cannot assume that Trump and his allies will disappear from the American political spectrum- Trump himself telling his most loyal supporters that he will be back. With the Republican Party split between a sizeable pro-Trump faction and a more centrist faction, the party faces an uphill internal battle to unite the party. This effort may be in vain, conversely as The Wall Street Journal reported on the 19th of January, Trump is now considering finding a new political party.

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The Fishy End to Brexit

We often hear of the 1% or the 0.1%, and even the 0.01% in many sections of our society, most notably income inequality and its distribution often through a Bernie Sanders bellowing voice. Well now we may add a new consequential 0.01% to that list of injustices. By this, I mean the share of the fishing industry in terms of GDP to the British economy which accounted for just 0.02% last year.

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