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The greyhound racing industry is responsible for the deaths of up to 6,000 dogs in Ireland each year. In 2020, there were 12,000 dogs bred in this country for the sole purpose of racing. As a direct result of high numbers of new dogs bred each year, Ireland supplies around 80 per cent of the greyhounds that race in the United Kingdom.
The EU migrant return policy aims to increase return rates of asylum seekers to their country of origin by making border procedures as efficient as possible. Since the increased amount of people fleeing wars in 2015 and seeking refuge in Europe, EU asylum policy has been polarising, with Europe often being dubbed “Fortress Europe” – an impassable fort with watchtowers and border guards prepared to stop at nothing to keep those seeking refuge out.
There are also policy choices which no longer resonate with voters in 2021. Fianna Fáil has typically been the party of housing and social protection. But where are they when this is exactly what the voting public are crying out for? Where are these affordable estates for working families, and where are the council houses? Sure, there has been the COVID-19 pandemic at play in shutting down the construction industry, but that ultimately will not matter when people go to the polls.
Amazon has also adopted a gig economy model for its delivery workers where drivers download an app to accept assignments, Deliveroo or Uber style. The pay is $50 for three hours. When factoring in the cost of their own vehicle and fuel, it comes out at more like minimum wage. UPS, by contrast, has a similar model where drivers are paid by the mile and given a stipend for phone internet.
Ripe ‘n’ ready but never really ripe or ready avocados on supermarket shelves. New bougie Ethiopian-Bosnian-Plant-based-Fusion food truck parking down the road. The bewildering stroll through an Asian supermarket searching for the eight poxy ingredients needed for the ‘quick and easy’ recipe you saw on Instagram.
The fictitious scenario of YouTube star Jake Paul running for US President in the not so distant future is a reality we may eventually face. In a world where the line between news and entertainment has become so blurred, we can expect more social media influencers in high-profile jobs. You no longer need talent or knowledge; a following of supporters is enough.
22-year-old Arya Rajendran was voted in as Mayor of the Thiruvananthapuram City Corporation, the largest urban body in Kerala, in December last year. Under her leadership, the party is focussed on solving student mental health issues.
The Israel-Palestine conflict is one that has dominated global news for decades. The tensions between both sides run deep and the world is divided in its support. However the situation is not as clear-cut as most people believe, and the timeline is much greater than many realize.
Labelled by his predecessor as Sleepy Joe Biden, the largely assumed safe, moderate choice of the 2020 Democratic candidates has ironically emerged as one of the most progressive US Presidents in modern history. The assumptions that the Biden White House would resemble that of a third-term Obama were just plain wrong. But how does he stack up against his predecessors so far?
With the centenary of the Anglo-Irish Treaty later this year, it can be regarded as a fitting time to review provisions for Irish and other languages in our constitution. Both Irish and English are official languages of our country.