Category Political geography

A Chrysanthemum and a Suspiciously-Tidy Field: Unburying Direct Provision in Ireland

This essay by Joseph S. Robinson is the fourth in a series of posts written by allies of MASI, the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland. MASI hosted their first national conference, ‘Towards a More Human Asylum Process‘ in Liberty Hall 5 October 2019 Hidden in Plain Sight: Temporal Tricks and Tuam Babies In December […]

Great Irish Times Op-Ed by new Maynooth geographer

An important article written by Dr. Patrick Bresnihan, newly appointed to the department, and Patrick Brodie, PhD candidate in Concordia University, Montreal, was published in last week’s Irish Times. The article describes how the environmental & infrastructural footprint of Ireland’s data centres is enabled by state planning and the investment and tax system. Tech companies […]

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Walking in Derry: Encounters with the Unmastered Past

” ‘Past! A stupid word… There, it’s past! What’s to read in it?’” -Goethe, Faust, Part II. 11494-11600-3 Derry-time; Derry-place                 If an event is scheduled at half-seven, Derry wans will ring the taxi at half-seven. Arriving at least 20-30 minutes “late,” they’ll stand for a bit in the hall gabbing, ach Stephen, what about ye, […]

Reflections on COP23: Report 3

This is the third and final post of a series by John Sweeney, Emeritus Professor at the Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units (ICARUS), Department of Geography, Maynooth University Negotiations are frequently a war of attrition, and previous COPs have long over run their intended closing time on the Friday of the second week. The imperative […]

John Sweeney’s Reflections on COP23: Report 1

John Sweeney is Emeritus Professor at the Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units (ICARUS), Department of Geography, Maynooth University. John contributed to the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He has regularly attended at the Climate talks held under the UN Framework Convention […]

A climate terrorist’s take on wind farms

I sometimes go for a charge (i.e. a walk, a ramble) over some hills in the south of Glasgow. The view can be spectacular. The city of Glasgow to the north, the Firth of Clyde to the west. But the grandest feature of all (ha, take that Ben Lomond) is Whitelee wind farm. There are […]

Mutual Aid and Transgressing Place: Panti Bliss’ journey to activism in The Queen of Ireland

Panti Bliss, aka, Rory O Neill, has been busy of late. April 30th saw the activist end a global tour of 250 shows of High Heels in Low Places over three years, at the Abbey Theatre. The previous week, Panti was doing what she does best, rallying the troupes at A Night in the Key […]