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Newcastle Takeover Off: Saudi Arabian Consortium Withdraw From Deal

In an update to our story on the proposed takeover of Newcastle United Football Club by a Saudi backed consortium, the deal has now fallen through. Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, backed by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, along with PCP Capital Partners and the Reuben Brothers had agreed a deal to takeover the Tyneside club earlier in the year subject to the Premier League’s Owners and Directors Test.

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The Neurological Impact of Remote-Learning on Students

The transition to remote learning was sudden in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and most schools and educators were ill-prepared to support their students through the process. Remote-learning seemed to be the only option when in-person teaching became too dangerous, but what impact does the remote-learning format have on students short term and long term? And most importantly, what can be done by educators to minimize or even negate these negative neurological impacts?

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Protest Politics - Its a love hate relationship

Politics and protests have always gone hand in hand.  More recently, “protest politics” has allowed society to put their grievances firmly on the policy makers agenda. However, the step from protesting a cause, to tackling the complex legislative and legal obstacles, is significant and cannot simply be done overnight. Ireland has had fair share of these movements. The water charge movement is a prime example of where society used a protest in order to bring an issue to the attention of policy makers and subsequently, levy change. The right to protest is enshrined in the constitution and, as proven, can bring about positive change, because the right to protest goes hand in hand with electoral politics. If the legislator sees that their electorate are unhappy, then change will occur, through this democratic process.

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'Empty Formula’ -the end of legal oaths?

A proposal by the new Minister for Justice Helen McEntee to abolish religious oaths for written testimony is surprising only for its tardiness. The Law Society has welcomed the development while detractors have labelled it “an attack on genuine pluralism”. Regardless this development has been coming down the tracks for decades, with the Law Reform Commission advocating a change in the state of the law in 1990 and the UN Human Rights committee urging change some 6 years ago.

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The Frugal Four - European Post-Covid Economic Recovery

The “Frugal Four” is the name given to the leading north-eastern European Union member states Austria, Denmark, The Netherlands, and Sweden. The group are committed to standing against the enlargement of the “common fiscal space” of the EU, advocating lower EU spending whilst promoting the idea that each country should cater for itself by its own “fiscal means”. The Frugal Four have recently expressed their joint resistance to the Franco-German post-Covid recovery proposal, announced on 18th May 2020, which calls for “European solidary” in issuing a common debt of €500 billion and distributing the recovery fund as grants among European countries hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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