Archive for the ‘Citizenship, migration, race, and ethnicity’ Category

Celebrating women

Monday, March 20th, 2017

(While I'd originally intended to publish this on 8th March, for International Women's Day, various events intervened. Still, it's never a bad day to celebrate the work of women, as they bend the arc of history towards justice.) Several recent news stories have caused me to reflect on women in my ...

How many jobs does Ireland need?

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Drawing on the recent piece by Michael Taft, assessing the proportion of emigration for which the recession/response is responsible, and on some CSO estimates for population, we can see the following: The Irish population has grown by 108,000 between 2009 and 2013. Taft estimates a net 136,000 Irish aged 15-29 emigrated due ...

From O.J. to Trayvon –

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

This isn’t 1995. This is the good fight. This is about restoration of faith. Until there is a trial for George Zimmerman, the whole justice system is on trial. via From O.J. to Trayvon -

Dana’s allegiance issue

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

It feels a little unfair to pick on someone when they're down - Dana's trailing the field in the presidential campaign, behind even Mitchell - but this is a fairly basic thing. Background: Dana Rosemary Scallon became a US citizen shortly before running for president of Ireland in 1997. The red herrings: ...

Communicating in a crisis – what the Irish government did wrong (part 1 of 80-180 billion)

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

When I talk with my students about PR I explain that the first rule of crisis communication is to 'fess up - get out in front of the rumours and claims, admitting the truth (in order that you can have a say in framing that truth). This week the Irish government ...

Media Participation at IAMCR2010

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Sitting in on my first IAMCR session - past of the Participatory Communication theme. Interesting to see some of the techniques used to facilitate participation in news programming, in particular. Currently watching a presentation about PeoPo in Taiwan. Nice schematic by the presenter, explicating the different ways in which users ...

War declared! (kind of)

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Well this could be awkward. (Are we expected to cut off all communications?) The EU is threatening a visa war with Canada, because of its withdrawal of visa waivers from visitors from the Czech Republic. That decision, in turn, had been prompted by a large number of applications for asylum ...

Following the Irish election, at home and abroad

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

This is the first Irish election in many years where I have not been following the results from the counting centre. I remember in 1987 heading in to see the last few hours of the Galway-West count, as Michael D. regained his seat in the Dáil. There's something special for ...

Abuse was not a failure of the system. It was the system.

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

The Irish Times aren't generally known for coherent or incisive editorials, but their reaction to the Ryan report makes for sobering reading: We have to call this kind of abuse by its proper name – torture. We must also call the organised exploitation of unpaid child labour – young girls placed ...

This is integration

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Amidst a BBC report on Roma migration in Europe is this note on education policy in Hungary, which : In Hungary, an earlier policy to give money to schools for the mentally disabled, to which a disproportionate number of Roma were sent, was abandoned when it was realised that it encouraged ...