Eithne Dodd


Blowing in the wind: why is Ireland lagging behind the UK on renewable energy?

In September 2019, as Irish offshore wind developers looked on jealously, the UK awarded companies the right to build offshore wind farms capable of generating 5.5GW of energy - enough to power about five million homes. The UK already has 1,800 offshore turbines and will host another auction in two years for prospective developers to bid for more wattage.

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When the space is the place | BusinessPost.ie

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€32k for Patrick's Day US flights

Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act found €32,281 was spent by the Irish State for the transatlantic flights as well as internal flights in the US, as part of Leo Varadkar's visit.

Varadkar against bankers bonuses but hands tied

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says he is not in favour of a return of bankers' bonuses, despite admitting he may be powerless to stop their reintroduction in some banks. Speaking at an event in Dublin, the Taoiseach said he does not want to see a return to such bonuses which were prevalent in the Celtic Tiger' era.

Home invasions | BusinessPost.ie

The protest last week outside health minister Simon Harris’s family home is the latest of many notable visits by demonstrators to sitting politicians’ home addresses, writes Eithne Dodd

'It Was a Disaster in Every Way': The Ongoing Fight for the Grenfell Residents

It's been eight months since the Grenfell Tower fire, which left at least 71 people dead on June 14, 2017. However, many of the survivors say they're still having to fight for justice against "authorities that don't trust us". "People like me lost their lives," says co-chair of the Residents Advisory Panel (Notting Dale) Samia Badani.

Why Should Misogyny Be Classed As A Hate Crime?

Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of person, according to Article 3 of the United Nations Declaration of Rights. By making hate crimes illegal we are protecting people's rights. But do we always extend the same protections to women and girls? And if not, why not?

University Observer
UCD receives over €1.8 million in exam repeat fees

Photo: Joanna O'Malley Information obtained by the University Observer under the Freedom of Information Act has revealed that UCD received €1,853,455 in exam repeat and resit fees for the academic year 2014-2015. Furthermore, a total of 16 modules had a 100 per cent failure rate in 2014-2015.

Concerns over levels of personal savings despite 2017 increase

The rise in savings occurred despite the country's record low interest rates. The interest rates here are among the worst in the Eurozone. The savings rate increased to 8.6% last year, up from 6.8% in 2016. In cash terms, the deposits topped €8,846m. The amount deposited in 2016 was over €6,639m.

Taoiseach dampens expectations of giveaway budget

He suggested that Budget 2019 will be prudent, with the Government focused on bringing down debt. He hit out at previous governments led by Fianna Fáil, which he accused of boosting spending and cutting taxes too rapidly.

The downsizer's checklist | BusinessPost.ie

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Why Does the UK Allow Schools to Discriminate Due To Religion?

Around the world, there are very few countries which allow schools to pick pupils on the basis of their faith. The UK is one of them. In the Organisation for Economic and Co-operation and Development (OECD), the global collective to improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world, only four of the 35 member states allow schools to make religion part of the selection process.

University Observer
Making Friends in the BA

As we begin the second semester in UCD, Eithne Dodd examines how a sense of community is formed in the notoriously alienating arts faculty. UCD is by far the biggest university in Ireland with over 32,000 students enrolled. UCD also has some of the largest undergraduate courses in Ireland.

University Observer
The Frontlines of UCD Res

Eithne Dodd speaks to senior Residential Assistant, Jessica Quinn, about the difficulties that they face. AT SU Hustings last month, a senior RA (SRA) of UCD residences named Dylan Quinn McMahon highlighted the issues that SRAs have to deal with when he put the following question to the presidential candidates: "As 1 of 6 senior...

The Irish Times
Introducing Gender Quotas in Dramsoc

UCD Dramsoc and UCD Library have recently teamed up to create a spotlight display a selection of works written by female playwrights. Taking inspiration from the #WakingtheFeminists movement, which took place in the Abbey Theatre last November as a response to the lack of female voices in Ireland's national theatre, Seán Mac Dhonnagáin ran for auditor of Dramsoc with a manifesto to bring in a 50% gender quota for female playwrights.

University Observer
Beating Bullying

Too often imagined as an issue confined to our secondary schools, bullying can be a significant issue for many college students. Eithne Dodd looks at UCD's attitudes and policies in the area Research has said that bullying affects 14% of students in Irish universities. With a total population of approximately 25,000 it is hard to...

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