Monthly Archives: October 2010

A world of hunger

As reported in the Irish Times today, the International Food Policy Research Institute have released the 2010 Global Hunger Index, which provides information on the rate of hunger in 122 developing and transition countries for which data are available. According to IFPR, “The Index scores countries based on three equally weighted indicators: the proportion of people who […]

The Gender Gap in Europe

Despite seeing huge overall changes in the economic and social position of European women over the past thirty years, change has not been geographically homogenous. Number crunching data from the CSO and various European social attitude surveys, Patrick Smyth (Irish Times, 11th October, 2010) found that significant spatial differences exist for women in terms of […]

Irish bank collapse thwarts Scottish independence?

On February 13th 2008, Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, speaking at Trinity College Dublin, argued that Ireland provided significant inspiration for envisioning Scotland’s future: “As a nation, Scotland must look outwards and upwards. We must measure ourselves against those around us – and those who have the ambition to achieve. Scotland looks out to an Arc of Prosperity around us. Ireland, Iceland, Norway, […]