Texts and Emails, Monday 22 March 2010

Topic: The Pope's pastoral letter and the Cabinet reshuffle.

Panellists: Fr Enda McDonagh (Theologian), Fr Brendan Leahy (Theologian), Gemma Hussey (Former FG Minister) and Eoin O'Malley (DCU, Dept of Law and Government).


It is now for the people to come forward and take their place in the church. We need a mature educated laity.

John D.

Delving into Ireland's mythic past


Stories are supposed to enchant us, to whisk us away to new or foreign worlds. Both Irish Tales and Vertue Rewarded, recently republished, accomplish this task.

The Early Irish Fiction project is a series of annotated, scholarly editions of Irish fiction from the long eighteenth century (about 1680 to 1820). The principal investigator is Professor Ian Campbell Ross. (Politico conducted an interview with him here.)

Interview with Ian Campbell Ross

Ian Campbell Ross taught at the University of Birmingham from 1975 to 1977. Professor Ross was a co-founder of the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society/Cumann Eireann san Ochtú Céad Déag and co-founder of the journal Eighteenth-Century Ireland/Iris an dá chultúr which he co-edited from 1986-1995. He was made a Cavaliere nell'Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana by the President of Italy in 2007. He was a co-founder of the Centre for Irish-Scottish and Comparative Studies and a co-director of the Centre until 2008.

Government called upon to reduce inequality

The Irish section of the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) has called on the government to back the proposed European target to reduce the risk of poverty by 25% in the next 10 years.

This year is European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion and the EAPN believe efforts to tackle poverty should be implemented in tandem with the government’s own objective to eliminate consistent poverty in Ireland by 2016.

Texts and Emails, Monday 15 March 2010

Topic: The Cardinal Brady fallout. 

Guests: Pat Rabbitte (Labour Justice Spokesman), Justine McCarthy (The Sunday Times), Christine Buckley (Aislinn Centre), Diarmaid Ferriter (UCD History Professor) and Chris Moore (Journalist & Documentary Maker).

Texts and emails, Thursday 11 March 2010

Topic: Public sector work to rule

Panellists: Louise O'Donnell (IMPACT), Moira Mulcahy (ASTI), Annette Dolan (TUI), Harry Browne (DIT) and Cllr Mick Barry (Socialist Party)

If the public sector get back the cuts in wages will the social welfare also get their cuts in money back?



Cuts in special needs 'at odds with Education Act'

The Joint Committee on Education and Science met today in Leinster House to discuss the effects of reductions in the number of teachers and Special Needs Assistants (SNAs). Chaired by Green Party TD Paul Gogarty, there were calls for the reversal of recent cuts to SNAs by principals of both special needs schools and mainstream schools.

Interview with Chris Morash

Professor Chris Morash is the Head of the Department of English, Media and Theatre Studies in NUI Maynooth. His most recent book, A History of the Media in Ireland, published by Cambridge University Press, traces the history of forms of communication in Ireland over the past four centuries: the vigorous newspaper and pamphlet culture of the eighteenth century, the spread of popular literacy in the nineteenth century, and the impact of the telegraph, telephone, phonograph, cinema and radio, which arrived in Ireland just as the Irish Free State came into being.