Joyce Fegan: It’s time to listen to Generation Stuck

Joyce Fegan: It’s time to listen to Generation Stuck

The school children and undergraduates of the Celtic Tiger era emerged into a world of high rents, low-paid jobs, and emigration. They can’t buy houses and ...

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Joyce Fegan: Oscars celebrate a single story in a complex worldThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Joyce Fegan: Oscars celebrate a single story in a complex world

We are the stories we read, the shows we watch and the films we see. Together they form a big part of our grand cultural narrative.

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Joyce Fegan: They don’t make politicians like John Hume anymore

Joyce Fegan: They don’t make politicians like John Hume anymore

Whoever we vote in, they could be making legislation that impacts our lives from now until 2025, says Joyce Fegan. How will they behave? Have they a record in action ...

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Joyce Fegan: The reason more women aren’t running for election

Joyce Fegan: The reason more women aren’t running for election

Women carry out 70% of the family care work in the houses in Ireland, while 70% of the candidates for the governing house of our country are men, writes Joyce Fegan ...

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Joyce Fegan: What kind of Ireland do you want to live in?

Joyce Fegan: What kind of Ireland do you want to live in?

Ireland of 2020 is an Ireland where the quality of life and the cost of living are equally squeezed, but they don't have to be.

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Markle our guilty pleasure and a great distraction

Markle our guilty pleasure and a great distraction

This week, with Australia burning and the prospect of World War IIIa war between Iran and America on the horizon, Megxit is the easy news we’ve all been looking ...

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Joyce Fegan: How teenagers Natasha and Minahil school our politicians in leadership

Joyce Fegan: How teenagers Natasha and Minahil school our politicians in leadership

Inundated with ‘now and then photos’ on social media, New Year’s resolutions, and expert articles about how to make ever-lasting change, Natasha ...

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Joyce Fegan: Taking stock of the changes seen in last decade

Joyce Fegan: Taking stock of the changes seen in last decade

The last 10 years brought huge change that we did not see coming, from social media to streaming, and from politics to polarisation, but we know all that now.

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Joyce Fegan: How Celts’ winter solstice is relevant to modern Ireland

Joyce Fegan: How Celts’ winter solstice is relevant to modern Ireland

If you look around us, the trees are without their leaves, animals are hibernating, farm animals are kept indoors, flowers have gone to seed, and aside from us humans, ...

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Joyce Fegan: Trump’s Greta jibe calculated to distract all of us

Joyce Fegan: Trump’s Greta jibe calculated to distract all of us

UN secretary general António Guterres’s stark warning about climate change was ignored by the media in favour of the US president’s mocking of ...

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Joyce Fegan: Is it possible to be happy in these fractured times?

Joyce Fegan: Is it possible to be happy in these fractured times?

World leaders engage in petty squabbles, seemingly careless of the perils of climate changes; in Ireland, homelessness is at crisis point. All we can do is be neighbourly: ...

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Joyce Fegan: Managing my eco-anixety this Christmas is difficult

Joyce Fegan: Managing my eco-anixety this Christmas is difficult

I wonder if children had a choice, would they prefer if we got our act together to tackle climate change or bought them an array of presents from a bumper toy store, ...

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Joyce Fegan: It’s time we put our action where our outrage is

Joyce Fegan: It’s time we put our action where our outrage is

In the age of click-tivism, where every smartphone owner can have their two cents’ worth of outrage via their social media platform of choice, we’re ...

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Ending racism must be a priority but it must always be seen in its proper context

Ending racism must be a priority but it must always be seen in its proper context

The generosity and empathy of the average Irish citizen is of no surprise really. Haven’t we been seeking sanctuary abroad for centuries, asks Joyce Fegan

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Why did two teenage boys murder a 14-year-old girl?

Why did two teenage boys murder a 14-year-old girl?

When our teenagers watch free, cheaply made porn, where women’s necks are held in a stranglehold as the rest of their bodies are used for pleasure, adults ...

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Barack Obama calls out smug intolerance of ‘woke’ culture

Barack Obama calls out smug intolerance of ‘woke’ culture

The former US president was right to say that we are all flawed and that ‘cancelling’ people online and demonising them for real or perceived transgressions ...

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Mary Robinson is right about climate activists

Mary Robinson is right about climate activists

Your conservative uncle needs to identify with the climate activist and then he needs to feel he can align with their actions and measures, writes Joyce Fegan.

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Why are we all so afraid to be without our phones?

Why are we all so afraid to be without our phones?

What will I miss out on if I delete WhatsApp for a week, perhaps even a month? Would it be the same as not checking the postbox every five minutes pre-1998?

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What we all have in common is a desire to survive

What we all have in common is a desire to survive

We’re spending so much time being outraged and so little time taking action.A distracted citizen base is as easy to manipulate as a fearful one, writes Joyce ...

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Why are we so dishonest about mental health?

Why are we so dishonest about mental health?

This week, as the media talks about mental health, as big institutions make sure the topic is broached, why not try broaching it yourself in some small, gentle way, ...

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Does Greta Thunberg make you feel uncomfortable?

Does Greta Thunberg make you feel uncomfortable?

In a world where we trade on instant gratification and sensationalism, would Greta Thunberg have succeeded in bringing your attention to climate change had she whispered ...

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Lyric FM: What price do we pay for culture?

Lyric FM: What price do we pay for culture?

Every single thing always seems to come down to money, be that cuts or a potential return on investment. But where does culture fit into that equation, be that in ...

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How to stop feeling powerless in the face of climate change

How to stop feeling powerless in the face of climate change

Individuals have the capacity to generate momentum in the climate change crisis. Power is vested in the people and not in transient political careers.

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The woman who wants you to know her name

The woman who wants you to know her name

In salvaging the fractured parts of herself to become whole again, Chanel Miller is elevating the #MeToo movement to another level. She has taken full control of ...

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A tale of two leaders: A teen and a prime ministerThis story is enriched with multi-media content

A tale of two leaders: A teen and a prime minister

Greta’s urgency is about the survival of our species and is informed by hard scientific research carried out on behalf of the common good. Boris’s urgency ...

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Why we care more about a cathedral than a rainforest

Why we care more about a cathedral than a rainforest

“Some fires matter more than others, and while the fire in the Amazon hasn’t garnered nearly as much attention or money, the impactof the devastation ...

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Meghan Markle deserves applause for her laudable acts

Meghan Markle deserves applause for her laudable acts

As we say in Ireland, Meghan is damned if she does and damned if she doesn’t, partly because she’s a woman and partly because she’s a human of ...

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Data from global surveys show unity trumps division

Data from global surveys show unity trumps division

Maybe we aren’t so racist or misogynistic after all. Perhaps it is strength, hard work, and decency we value above hate, writes Joyce Fegan

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Trump plays victim while being the real perpetrator

Trump plays victim while being the real perpetrator

The US president uses reverse psychology to convince us that propositions such as universal healthcare and education are radical, even treasonous, propositions.

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Aged 88, Edna O’Brien still as fearless as her fiction

Aged 88, Edna O’Brien still as fearless as her fiction

The acclaimed Irish writer’s first novel, ‘The Country Girls’, from 1960, was banned and burned in Ireland, but she has lived undaunted ever since ...

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Time to remove victim-blaming from our courtrooms

Time to remove victim-blaming from our courtrooms

LAST weekend, a 61-year-old man by the name of Russell Sykes, entirely of his own volition, crouched down on a Dublin street during the Pride parade and used the ...

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Boris and Trump show us the PR tactics that work

Boris and Trump show us the PR tactics that work

If the public want a sustainable future, we need to return to deriving our entertainment from concerts, soccer matches, and get-togethers, not from loud-mouthed ...

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