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The Special Criminal Court; A Contentious Arm of the Judiciary

The Special Criminal Court (SCC) is a three-judge court, with no jury, which sits in the Criminal Courts of Justice Complex in Dublin. The origins of this court date back to the foundation of the Irish Free State in 1922. The 1922 Constitution allowed for military tribunals; the SCC is the modern version of this but it is important to note that there has not been a member of the Defence Forces sitting on a court such as the SCC since the conclusion of the Second World War. It’s purpose is to deal with crime where the "ordinary courts are inadequate to secure the effective administration of justice". It deals primarily with terrorist/gangland offences.

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Nazi Megastructures; Preserve Them or, Destroy Them?

Nuremberg is a city in the German province of Bavaria, situated in the western side of the country, cerca 170km north of Munich. It is an infamous city for all the wrong reasons, for it was there that Adolf Hitler held his Nuremberg Rallies. These were major components of Hitler’s propaganda machine, designed and perfected by his Minister for Propaganda and Enlightenment, Joseph Goebbels. The sole intention for these Rallies was to win over and brainwash the minds of the people so that Hitler would have complete support in what actions he took. In his autobiography, “Mein Kampf” he outlined that he intends to “use democracy to destroy democracy”. At the time, to attend one of these Rallies was the highlight of the calendar year for citizens and soldiers alike, for some the highlight of a lifetime.

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How Microsoft Has Led the Way in Making the Gaming Industry More Accessible

I wrote an article a couple of weeks back when the story broke that ZeniMax Media (Read Here) and all its associated companies namely Bethesda Game Studios had been bought up by Microsoft and close to the end of that article. I mentioned Microsoft’s continued commitment to making the gaming market and medium as a whole more accessible to everyone but in particular those from low economic backgrounds and those with physical disabilities. The push to making gaming more accessible seems to many like the best way of expanding an already growing medium. Just last year gaming on mobile devices, consoles and personal computers was ranked as the most lucrative entertainment industry in the world raking in $145.7 billion last year alone compared to the box office at second place which “only” brought in $42.5 billion. At the time, CEO of Microsoft Satya Nadella was quoted saying “gaming is the most expansive category in the entertainment industry, as people everywhere turn to gaming to connect, socialize and play with their friends.” With the soon approaching release of both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 along with the lower social interactions which are most likely set to continue in most parts of the world for at least the continuation of 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic the gaming market will surely only begin to attract more customers.

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The geopolitical implications of President elect Biden for Ireland, Brexit and the European Union

As the dust settles on a tumultuous election, we can begin to anticipate what a Biden presidency may look like and how it may be of affect to the Emerald isle in the face of potential Brexit fallout. While many Presidents have claimed Irish heritage, in the hope of attracting votes from the many Irish diaspora, President elect Biden has shown frequent enthusiasm embracing his ancestry throughout his career.

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