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Micheál Martin

Fianna Fáil TD Micheál Martin is set to become Ireland’s 15th Taoiseach in an unprecedented move in unprecedented times. Leader of Fianna Fáil since February 2011, he led the Dáil in Opposition since March 2011, when Fianna Fáil fell from power and Fine Gael were voted in.

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UK Ecclesiastical Court Rules Irish Must be Translated on Gravestone

It is probably fair to say that a minor decision about a gravestone in England gaining Irish media attention is unprecedented. But the decision of the Coventry Consistory Court on May 6th that an Irish-language inscription on a gravestone must be translated to avoid misinterpretation sparked outrage on both sides of the channel recently. The case provoked interesting questions on British prejudices to Ireland and attitudes towards the Irish language.

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Twisted Totems - The Law of Statue Toppling

The toppling of statues in the US recently has had a domino effect and knocked monuments around the world. This current trend began in 2017 with the controversy over the statue of Confederate General and folk hero Robert E. Lee. The legacy of Lee and what his visage represents has been the flashpoint for debate in the US over the past years. To some he is associated with white supremacy, neo Nazism and the ‘Lost Cause’ myth, the romanisation and nostalgia for the Antebellum South. To others he represents the hundreds of thousands of Confederate war dead and the epitome of the Southern hero.

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Ireland Steps up to the mark to win a Security Council Seat

Ireland has won a seat on the UN security council last week, both Ireland and Norway will take seats on the security council while Canada missing out.  A total of 191 counties voted, Ireland needed a two-thirds majority.  Ireland has proud history when to comes to service to the wider UN community.  Since the foundation of the United Nations Ireland has played an active and leading role, with individuals such as Sean McBride, Mary McAleese, Bono, Bob Geldof and countless numbers of peacekeeping efforts from the Defense force, with deployments from the Congo and the Mediterranean, to Lebanon as well, all severing Ireland with distinction and pride, with the ambition to improve human life. Ireland has played leading role when it comes to our role within the wider United Nations community.  As a nation that  Ireland has fought its way up the ladder within the wider international community,  such as when Irish delegates attend the negations at the treaty of Versailles to lobby for the a new Irish state, and hosting a Eucharistic Congress in 1932,  right up to now with Ireland  beating Canada to take a seat on the UN Security Council.

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From BRICS to Bolsonaro – Brazil’s Relationship with Globalisation

It’s clear that globalisation has shaped our world since the term was first coined in the 1960s. Whether it has impacted it for the better or not is hotly disputed among economists globally. What this essay argues is that globalisation has had a positive impact on reducing inequality, and specifically how globalisation has impacted economic activities in Brazil. This essay will explore why Brazil fell into economic disrepair and how prior to attempts made by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), failed to reduce economic growth which subsequently led to severe inequalities in Brazil. Additionally, by looking into the theory of globalisation we will explore how inequality has been reduced within countries like Brazil. However, we must define both globalisation and inequality to truly understand the relationship between the two.

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