When The Ditch published a story about Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins on 19 April, other media and politicians were slow to follow up – stoking suspicions.
Rosaleen: To Travellers, These Mobs Are Horribly Familiar
“Lack of consultation”, the “price of property” and “lack of resources” were all screamed at local politicians at the mere suggestion of a Traveller site in the area.
Dean: Fontaines D.C. Update the Formula
The Dublin-born post-punk band’s third album, “‘Skinty Fia’ proves their peak is either not over, or not here yet”.
Laura: The Case for Raising Disability Allowance
It’s below the PUP, the minimum wage, the living wage. Is someone with a disability that substantially restricts their ability to work worth less than others?
Niamh: Dublin Bay South By-Election Showed That (Unregulated) Online Political Adverts Are Thriving
Political ads are banned from TV and radio, but candidates and parties are free to run any ads they want online – and more are choosing videos
Joseph: If Local Authorities Are Going to Ramp Up Home Building, Some Changes Must Be Made
There are lessons to be learned from Amsterdam, London and Birmingham on how local authorities can effectively build lots of homes.
Teresa: Integration Must Really Be a Two-Way Process
Forget multiculturalism, the way forward is “interculturalism” – and the government should adopt this more inclusive, egalitarian approach in its new migrant integration strategy.
Kathleen and Cian: We Need to Change How We Think About Urban Vacancy
There have been government interventions. But work on vacant homes has been muddled because vacancy is far more complicated than our current understanding captures.
Joseph: Where Are We Building Homes These Days?
Instead of producing housing where need is greatest, our housing system is producing – by a multiple of three – development on the periphery of settlements.
Martin: On Saying Goodbye to So Many of Our Elders
“This sense of loss is one that we all share … But while we are all connected and equal in bereavement, some groups face it much sooner, and more often than others.”