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Student March a Turning Point

(Originally Published on Corkstudentnews.com and Indymedia.ie in November 2010)

After closely following the events of today’s student march in Dublin from the relative comfort of my small abode in Cork, for reasons which I will get into a later date, I believe that students in Ireland, and Irish society at large, have reached a turning point in its relationship with the Government and its various arms. For students, today was all about voicing their protestations at the Government due to upcoming budget which is undoubtedly going to put even more financial pressure on the majority of third level students. What most of us did not expect is that it would turn violent and riot police would be deployed. This is the turning point to which I am referring. In reality, what took place today was a microcosm of Irish society contained within small group of students/activists who decided that they needed to make a statement of some kind in the hope that someone, somewhere in the Dáil will pay attention. Whether or not their motives were pure is irrelevant to the point i’m trying to make.

Everywhere you go in this country, someone is angry at the Government while others are simply scared. The overriding emotion however is anger. Anger at paycuts, increased taxes, cutbacks in vital services; the list goes on and this is even before the upcoming draconian budget. But none of this has been shown on the streets. The only thing that the majority of people have done is complain yet, as I have mentioned, they are furious with the Government. Today however showed that this anger can in fact reach the streets and actually, quite literally, reach into the heart of the Government; in particular the Department of Finance. As I was watching it unfold via the internet, it was as if all of the anger in this country had finally shown itself in the form of a small group of students/activists.

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The Sale of Ireland

(Originally Published on Corkstudentnews.com in October 2010)

The next month is make or break time for Ireland; most likely break. We are on the verge of the harshest budget in the history of the state. This is the first of a “four year plan” in order to get the country’s finances back into shape and back on track. The problem is that the government plan won’t work and they most likely know it won’t work. What will happen is that the country is going to be dead in the water for the next decade or more. If you can imagine all of the horror stories of emigration, mass unemployment and general stagnation from the fifties and eighties, then you might come close to what is going to happen in Ireland. All of this is being done in order to keep the status quo in power; the “haves” versus the “have nots”, and next month is when we will finally know just how far the government will go in order to save themselves and their friends by selling us and the entire country down the drain.

The Future of Music

(Originally Published on Corkstudentnews.com in August 2010)

I love music. During any of my waking hours it can be safely assumed that I am listening to music. It could be while walking into town, on the bus, working on my computer or simply kicking back and relaxing; something which I am quite good at I might add. I grew up as a part of a very musical family where there was always an instrument or two lying around. Granted I didn’t learn to appreciate this until I was a little older, I do not doubt the fact that without such a childhood, I wouldn’t have become so enthralled by music as a teenager. There was a problem though.

Don’t Ask Me To “Support The Scene”

The above is a term which tends to get thrown around quite often in the Irish metal scene. It’s a rather simple and understandable statement seeing as we are relatively isolated from the rest of Europe. But does it really hold any weight in 21st century Ireland? Up until relatively recently, bands were reluctant to play over here due to the costs of playing on a small island somewhat off the beaten track from mainland Europe. This has changed in recent years however as more and more bands decided to include Ireland in their “European Tour”. While this was going on, the Irish underground was still ticking away week after week regardless of whether or not some international band decided to visit these shores.

Israel, Ireland and the Irish Girl

(Originally Published on Indymedia.ie in August 2010)

For some of you outside of Cork, you may have been missing out on some of the most interesting discussions regarding Israel, Palestine and Ireland in recent months. Positions have been taken, so-called facts disproven and insults traded, as per the usual type of thing that goes on whenever the issue of Israel and Palestine is brought up. What makes this most recent development all the more interesting is that it has all been caused by a female native of Cork, Cliona Campbell.