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Is China capable of reversing its tragic one-child policy?

By Sean Barrett / June 8, 2021

Last week, the Chinese Communist Party declared that all married couples will be permitted to have three children, ending a two-child policy that had failed to boost the country’s falling birth rates and avert a demographic crisis in the near future. The CCP’s declaration is a rare acknowledgement that the country’s prior reproduction laws, which […]

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Returning home after one year: The moment of relief

By Pauline Stahl / May 17, 2021

One year of video calls, one year of not seeing family and friends in my home country. After waiting for months the German government has now decided to lift it’s travel restrictions. For me that was the moment I realized: I’m finally able to return home.  When I returned to Dublin in June last year, […]

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New law opens the Irish e-scooter market

By Nicole Hennessy / May 10, 2021

E-scooters are finally being legislated for in Ireland. Although a lack of legislation has not stopped people using privately-owned e-scooters on roads across Ireland, it has so far prevented rental companies, such as Lime and Bird, from entering the market. So, what will change when the new laws come in? And what does the bill […]

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Protecting animals: Ireland’s first wildlife hospital

By Pauline Stahl / May 6, 2021

Since the pandemic, working from home and lacking social contact, more and more people have discovered nature for themselves. With that also comes an increasing awareness of animals living on land and in the sea – especially when they’re injured. In Ireland’s first wildlife hospital, staff and volunteers are busier than ever. Where people once […]

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Ireland and the UNSC: What Now, What Next?

By Sonia / April 13, 2021

Amidst a raging pandemic, Ireland took up its seat as an elected member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the 2021-2022 term on 1 January 2021. Four months on, where are we today and what is next?  The 15-member UN Security Council is the most powerful body in the UN system. In terms […]

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Post-Brexit: riots in Belfast and Derry

By Pauline Stahl / April 9, 2021

The Northern Ireland Protocol was not only intended to regulate traffic and trade between Great Britain and Ireland post-Brexit. It was also supposed to prevent old conflicts on the island from flaring up again. Current unrest in Northern Ireland shows that this is precisely what has happened. Throughout last week, nationalist and loyalist youths clashed […]

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