Posts Tagged ‘ Women ’

News In Brief: Shannon, Sexism And Serious Amounts Of drugs

A whole hape of coke (image:

A whole hape of coke (image:

It’s been a grand aul week for the ploughing! Enda was there of course, making a show of himself at the annual championships – this year in Laois, but that wasn’t the only reason Irish farmers have been upset this week.

They’re not impressed with Rosanna Davison, daughter of a lady in red and Chris de Burgh, after she told readers of the Irish Independent’s Health and Living magazine that dairy products are bad for you. The Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association reacted accordingly calling her article “ill-advised and scientifically illiterate”. Zing! You can’t argue with science Rosanna, especially when you’re looking down the barrel of a big burger and a pint of milk! Mmm. Continue reading

Neither – Kate Nolan’s Beautiful New Photo-book

1Neither_Nolan-572x720Neither, a self-published photo-book by Dublin based artist Kate Nolan, is an exploration of the story of Kaliningrad. Told from the female perspective, Neither is unique in that it isn’t about the past or the future, nor about the present, but it is a closely woven tale somewhere between fact and fiction, documentation and dream. Continue reading

News in Brief- No Plane Sailing For Rogue Irish


Turns out Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan was sacked ‘on a whim’, NIB’s feeling whimmy this week, or full of whimsy, or whatever the phrase may be. Anyway . . .

Two Tic-tac workers have been offered a sweet deal after they were sacked by the sweet-maker for changing the recipe on a batch of Tic-tacs in a case of ‘gross misconduct’ (this story wins an award for most bizarre thing NIB’S heard in a while). How would you change the Tic-tac recipe, more importantly why? They’re hardly Willy Wonka worthy treats. Anyway, it doesn’t matter; the two workers were found to have been unfairly dismissed and awarded a pay-out in court. Continue reading

How Women And Men Use Social Media And Mobile


Social media and mobile use give us a treasure hoard of insights about our general habits as a community. So it’s only inevitable that we find numerous surveys about the two platforms based on one of the most popular categories: gender difference. These converging platforms are considered to be one of the biggest disruptive trends, as trivial as changing society’s shopping habits and critical as changing government through popular revolutions. And as in real life, men and women differ in using social media and their mobile devices.

We’re already familiar with the disparity in words used by both sexes. We have a comprehensive collation of words used by men and women in their social networks, which, interestingly, showcases the f-word as one of the favorites in men’s comments and posts. Continue reading

News in Brief – Nuns Robbed While Keating Lands Postman Pat Gig


In the week that’s seen ’Danny Boy’ reach 100 and Cork 10,000, well, not much else has been going on.

There has been some “interesting” research into office party politics answering one of life’s greatest questions, when is the optimum time to take pictures at the office Christmas party? Well that would be 10.02 (with the average party beginning at 7pm, so 182 minutes in, fact) though they can be a bone of contention for some. Women complained the party picture didn’t show them at their best, with twenty percent citing their make-up coming off had crushed their hopes of looking like *insert name of celebrity* in *insert name of film*. One in one hundred men complained of the same dilemma and similarly one in one hundred claimed seeing snaps of the office do caused them to look for a new job, the same one in one hundred perhaps? Continue reading

Gilmore Welcomes Abortion Legislation


The Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has welcomed President Michael D Higgins’ decision to sign new abortion legislation into law without referring it to the Supreme Court.

After a brief meeting of The Council Of State, Higgins opted to sign the Protection Of Life In Pregnancy Bill into law, much to the delight of Labour party leader Gilmore. Continue reading

Constitutional Convention Lost in Semantics


The Constitutional Convention met for the first time on the 1st December 2012, since then they have voted on a number of issues the government felt pertained to modern Irish life, and that they felt should be altered on the constitution. Since making their recommendations no bills have be published by Dáil Éireann, and in fact none have come under vote within the Oireachtas. One of their primary activities has been examining Article 41 of the constitution, and multiple subsections there-in. This article has been under debate for many, many years, as it makes clear the state’s position on marriage, the role of women, the protection of children, and the rights of the family. The article seems on the surface very specific, but after reading it over again and again I have begun to think think that it might be open ended than we allow ourselves to believe. The constitution has this to say about the family: Continue reading

Irish Trio Combat Iona Institute Views On Gay Marriage

Over the Christmas holidays, my partner and I noticed a bit of buzz in our social media feeds about the video released by The Iona Institute and were curious to see what all the fuss was about. After watching the video, we were in utter disbelief. My partner and I are somewhat guilty of living in a bubble. A bubble of love and support from our family, friends and colleagues. In fact, many of them are anxiously awaiting the announcement of the big day.

Watching the video ‘The Case for Man/Woman Marriage’ certainly burst that bubble. Whatever way you sugar-coat a message like that, it’s still discrimination.  Why should our relationship be discounted due to the fact that it is a homosexual one? Why should our ability to raise a child be questioned?  We may be more or less prepared as any heterosexual couple to face the challenges of raising a child; our parenting skills should not be determined by our sexual orientation.

The Iona Institute claim that every child wants a loving Mum and Dad, we believe that the family unit regardless of what form it takes is what a child wants.  Family to us is about providing love and security to our children. We should have the right to be a family, a family with equal rights and protection.

In reality, there are a number of children being raised by same sex parents, unmarried parents and other such family units that do not fit the Iona mould.  The message portrayed by the Iona Ad alienates those children. For the sake of those children and those in loving committed relationships, we needed to send a message of tolerance and equality.

We decided to write a response to their Ad. We wanted to open the forum for discussion and to highlight the issues we had and to make the message more inclusive. We have been overwhelmed by the amount of positive feedback and support that we have received. And for now, our hope for a change in attitudes and acceptance has been restored. A big thank you from Sinead, Rupert and I.

Linda Walsh 

News in Brief-Focus On Referendum As Salpa Gets The Sack

A mass pulping of the children’s rights referendum Bill has been ordered after 30,000 copies were issued to post offices around the country with a monumental typo.

Ironically the mistake suggested an amendment to article 40 of the constitution which protects the right to life, panicking pro-life campaigners in the abortion argument. The mistake has been blamed on the printing company that produced the copies by the Department of the Environment who have assured voters it will also be the printers footing the bill for the new Bill. Fancy the government being over eager on the admin? That doesn’t sound like them. Well, actually . . .

They’re really cracking down on those that haven’t paid the Household Charge even sending reminder letters to the deceased. Apparently tens of thousands of the letters were sent, including to those who had already paid, children and individual family members living at the same address. One wonders if the combined cost of ink, printing, postage and staff could not have been better spent. Say on street lights and road repairs?

Speciality chicken restaurant Nando’s announced it will be creating 100 new jobs with two new branches opening in Dublin. On the same afternoon Co-operative Poultry Products in Cavan announced it would be closing down forcing unemployment on 90 staff. Coincidence? Yes.

Ireland is now one of the top five places in the world to be, if you’re a woman. According to a new index system introduced by the World Economic Forum in 2006 education levels are higher and more Irish woman also favour technical careers marking us above Britain, France and the US at successfully bridging the gender gap. Despite this though Irish women still earn a reported 75% of Irish men.
Georgia Salpa earns an alleged €2000 a day. Or did. The model, who has made a name for herself in print and on Celebrity Big Brother, has reportedly failed to turn up for work on a number of occasions leading to model agent Andrea Roche letting her go. Don’t expect Georgia to be putting the socialite into social welfare though, apparently her own reality TV show is in the pipeline.

Declining Rates Of Women At Home

Years ago, it was almost unheard of for a woman to go out to work once she had children.  Her role as a mother took precedence over any previous career agenda she may have had.  She was to stay at home to care for the children, cook and clean. The husband was the provider.  Many women these days continue to work after they have had children, and there are few who will argue that this shift is a bad thing.  For those that either can afford to stay at home, or choose to for personal reasons, however, there may be a lack of a very important support network that was available previously.

Staying at home all day with a child is a full-time job.  They require constant attention, monitoring, nurturing, feeding and cleaning.  In an office environment, there is always that 5 minute coffee break for a quick chat, the passing in the stairwell that turns into a post-mortem of the previous nights’ TV and the boardroom meeting that runs over due to idle chit-chat at the start.  Some people would claim it is all those little break out moments that make their day bearable.  For a stay at home mother, it is important to have an avenue where this idle chit-chat can happen too.

Over an eight year period from 2002 – 2010, the number of women staying at home dropped by 27,000.  The number of men staying at home has increased, but not proportionately, with a rise of only 1,000.  This may be largely due to our current economic climate, but as more women do go out to work, less social interaction is available to those women who continue to stay at home.  Baby and toddler groups do exist to help with this, but many new mothers report that they can be very hard to integrate, leaving them feeling more isolated than before.

It’s very easy to look at a stay at home mother and think “well isn’t it well for some”, especially when you’re crawling out of the bed at six to begin the mad dash to get the kids ready and be in work for nine.  But the grass isn’t always greener, and the mother who remains at home still has a day’s work to do.  Her day might just lack any adult interaction and she won’t have a scandalous Christmas party to look forward to at the end of her working year.  Greater support networks are needed for these women, for their mental health is just as important as the little ones’ that they spend their day running after.