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THE EIGHTH: TIME IS WELL AND TRULY UP

A referendum held a decade before I was born has shaped the Ireland I was born into, grew up in, and later emigrated from. The Eighth Amendment to the Irish constitution, recognising the equal right to life for the mother and the unborn child, was introduced in 1983. It was a time when contraception was new to the Catholic Ireland and the liberalisation that accompanied the popularity of ‘johnnies’ and ‘anti-babby pills’ quite literally put the fear of God into

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WE’RE BREAKING UP: REINVENTING POLITICS FOR THE IPAD AGE

AN INTERVIEW WITH WOUTER WELLING FROM POSITIEF LINKS Friday night. When I arrive at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam, the DJ is already on stage and I can feel the bass thumping beneath my feet. People are milling around the bar or sitting at round tables, talking and studying the shiny black iPad at the centre of every table. It’s crowded: late-comers are standing, nursing their beers. Purple disco lights flash across their faces. Nothing about the scene suggests this is

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THE END OF THE WORLD BOOKCLUB

Your brother believes the world could end soon, that one day we will wake up and see nothing and hear no one and find our cities stretched out before us, wastelands. He is preparing himself, chopping wood, learning which plants grow best from English river soil. No more Asda, but a pear tree sprouting from ruins. The screaming of birds in the tinned soup aisle. One man and his white dog against the world. How this vision comes to be reality

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