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Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

By Natalia Ilina / January 17, 2018

Have you ever imagined that one day, instead of a regular bread and jam, you would be having a UNESCO world treasure for breakfast? The French National Confederation of Baking and Pastry (NCBP) wants the traditional French baguette to be officially recognised as a cultural treasure by UNESCO. Now, with the support of their president […]

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So Long, And Thanks for All the Fish!

By Natalia Ilina / January 15, 2018

Tomorrow, on January 16, the European Parliament will vote for or against the restoration of the 1998 ban on electric pulse fishing. For months, groups representing small-scale fishing fleets and environmental organisations across Europe have been sending letters to the European Commission to encourage the ban: “Not only is the seabed impacted by huge industrial […]

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Saving Lives Is Frowned Upon?

By Natalia Ilina / January 12, 2018

Two years after the biggest spike in arrivals of migrants and refugees in Europe since World War II, the influx of people running from the Middle East and Africa seems to be slowing down. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), last year only 177,000 refugees crossed the Mediterranean to escape poverty and violent […]

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Bright Young Things

By Natalia Ilina / January 10, 2018

Do you want to meet the first Irish person set to travel to outer space, the world greatest hacker, befriend a robot or learn how to CPR your dog? You can do all that at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition which is back again at the RDS, Dublin, after the last year’s success. […]

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Wrestling With the “Aussie” Flu

By Natalia Ilina / January 8, 2018

According to the latest statistics, around 4,5 million people in the UK are suffering from  “influenza-like symptoms”. Some churches have even implemented infection prevention measures, the first time since the 2008/9 swine flu outbreak. Priests are encouraged to disinfect their hands before distributing Holy Communion, also, handshakes are banned during services. The Republic of Ireland […]

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Gender Equality: Myth or Reality?

By Natalia Ilina / January 8, 2018

Take a look at this impromptu list of achievements on gender equality: 1870 – Married Women’s Property Act allows women to keep their property. 1918 – Canadian and British women gain the right to vote. 1956 – Golda Meir, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, is the first and only women in the Israeli Cabinet. 1966 […]

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Dublin Bowie Festival is On!

By Natalia Ilina / January 5, 2018

From 05.01 to 10.01 Dublin is hosting one of the biggest events of the year 2018 – the David Bowie Festival.   This year’s third edition promises to be bigger and better than the last one. Each year since Bowie passing in 2016, his fans in Dublin commemorate his life and work through dance, BowieOke […]

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Anything You Want – You Got It

By Natalia Ilina / January 4, 2018

You never know what the future holds – truer words have never been spoken. Several years ago, a poster saying “Roy Orbison is coming to Dublin” would have probably stopped you dead in your tracks. It would have probably made you fish out your smartphone and load the familiar and trusted Wikipedia website. Because let’s face […]

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Welcome to Ireland?

By Natalia Ilina / January 4, 2018

More than 10,500 work permits were issued in 2017. This year, the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation plans to loosen up visa regulations for “lower-skilled workers” in some sectors. In October, the number of unemployed was 246,900, in November it fell to 244,300. The Department wants to keep up this trend of falling unemployment […]

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Kodaline are Coming Up For Dublin!

By Natalia Ilina / December 19, 2017

They’ll see you soon, whistling your favourite tunes: Kodaline are coming to Dublin for a special New Year concert at Custom House. The band was founded by Steve Garrigan and Mark Prendergast, two Irish lads who grew up in Swords, Dublin. They’ve known each other since they were eight, started hanging out and skateboarding with […]

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