All posts by Ciaran Brennan

What to Expect from Irish Hate Speech Laws

In the pipes since it was smuggled into the Programme for Government, we received a clear outline of the impending hate speech laws looking to make their way onto the statute books. Previously, this publication has covered the lobbying process...

/ 20/04/2021

Fewer Than 20% Of Deportation Orders Actually Actioned

Under Freedom of Information request The Burkean can reveal that since 2015, only 18.9% of deportation orders issued have actually been actioned. From figures obtained from the Department of Justice of the 7,496 deportation orders issued by the state between...

/ 16/04/2021

Galway People Before Profit Embroiled in Yet Another MeToo Scandal

Note: This article was amended on the 8th of April to clarify aspects of the legal disputes which have and are occurring as well as individuals involved. The world and NUIG in particular woke up to yet another MeToo scandal...

/ 07/04/2021

An Rabharta Glas — Green Left: Ireland’s Latest Radlib Monstrosity

“Radlib: Short for Radical Liberal. Used as an insult among leftist groups for people who claim to be radicals or leftists, often to feel good about themselves, but express liberal, uninformed or otherwise non-leftist views about important topics such as...

/ 31/03/2021

Guess Who’s On the State’s New Diversity Quango?

As part of an ongoing push to solidify the diversity agenda at a state level, the Department of Justice announced the formation of a 16-strong committee to dictate the government’s attitude on dealing with racism into the next decade. The...

/ 25/03/2021

Students Mobilise Against NUIGSU Deplatforming Proposals

A small mercy existent hitherto on Irish campuses has been the dearth of hate speech regulations. While your garden variety anarcho-communist or trot SU official could foam at the mouth at the activities or even existence of a publication like...

/ 19/03/2021

Future of Media Commission — Are Irish Journalists Looking for a Bailout?

Running the gamut of dealing with fake news, to potentially doling out slush money, to saving struggling journalistic titles, the Future of Media Commission is arguably the most important government commission you've never heard of currently in operation. Prompted by...

/ 09/03/2021

Burkean Candidate Pledges Flat to Asylum Seekers —Asks Other TCDSU Candidates to Do Likewise

Earlier this week The Burkean reported on the launch of our former Culture Editor Peter Caddle’s candidacy for the editorship of TCD’s University Times in this year's TCDSU student elections. As the masthead publication for the student body, the editorial...

/ 06/03/2021

Caddle For Editor? —Challenging the UT Clique

For what regards itself to be a journalistic bastion, Trinity College’s University Times (UT) has accrued a rather blemished reputation over the years. From budgetary overspends, to the infamous botched bugging of student accommodation, the paper has shuffled by in...

/ 01/03/2021

The Irish Government’s Public Housing Bonanza for Asylum Seekers

With a foreword written in Albanian, Urdu and Georgian, as well as welcoming introductions by Micheál Martin and Roderic O’Gorman, the long anticipated White Paper laying out the State’s plan to end the Direct Provision system for asylum seekers dropped...

/ 28/02/2021