Archive | March, 2011

Racial Profiling

Racial profiling refers to the use of an individual’s race or ethnicity by law enforcement personnel as a key factor in deciding whether to engage in enforcement (e.g. make a traffic stop or arrest). The practice is controversial and widely considered inappropriate and illegal. A provision of the Immigration Act forcing non-Irish nationals to produce ID […]

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Point Responsibly

  On St. Patricks Day I was out enjoying a few pints with my partner and celebrating my very first St. Patricks day as an Irish citizen. I was on the way back from the bar when a young lad, standing with a group of his mates decided to point at me as I walked […]

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Paddy Laughs Festival Open Mic Comedy

Show-casing new Irish comedy: 10 comedians, 5 minutes each, one prize, winner takes all. Okay folks for a while I have wanted to try stand up comedy and its a bit of a “be careful what you wish for” scenario as I making my debut tonight! It’s still a blur as I don’t know how […]

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The difference is I feel Irish as you

Printed in The Irish Examiner – 18th March 2011 A couple of years ago whilst watching live coverage of the St. Patricks Day parade on television and I was struck by an interaction between an RTÉ presenter and a member of the public. The presenter was on O’Connell Street and was randomly asking spectators where […]

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Lá Fhéile Pádraig

This is a special day for those who love Ireland and all things Irish. I hope you enjoyed your day and managed to mark it in some way irrespective if you are Irish or not! Its an extra special St. Patricks Day for me this year as I am now an Irish citizen and therefore […]

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Ireland Slow to Introduce Integration Policies

A recent study from the British Council and the Migration Policy Group think-tank found Ireland lacks the political will towards integrating migrants and the failure of the new Government to appoint a specific minister for integration raises much concern amongst migrant groups. MIPEX measures integration policies in all European Union Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Canada and […]

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Rosaleen McDonagh for Seanad Eireann

Rosaleen McDonagh has long experience of working in the NGO sector. She has lobbied and worked with policy makers and with those whose task it is to implement policy. This gives her a unique and valuable insight into the policy process and how policy can and does change people’s lives. Rosaleen has been working in […]

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The Daily Show

I had the pleasure to be invited on The Daily Show with Claire Byrne & Dáithí O’Sé yesterday to review the papers with celebrity solicitor Gerald Kean and food critic Paolo Tullio. The stories we reviewed were the Japanese earthquake, grave diggers in County Cork, studies that show coffee is good for your health and Kiera Knightley!  […]

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United in our love for Dublin Coddle Vlog

Here is a vlog of a story I blogged about a while ago where barriers can be broken down by something simple as a popular dish such as Dublin Coddle!

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Vlogging Debut!

 I can’t believe my blog is exactly a year old! To keep things fresh I have started video blogging or vlogging! I hope to upload my postings in both formats so you have a choice in whether to watch or read my posts. Now this is only my first attempt and  therefore a bit stiff so […]

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