Spotlight on Research

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Why do people break traffic rules and laws?

The puzzle of why some people obey and some disobey traffic laws extends beyond enforcement to the fabric of society itself, writes PhD scholar Shamsoddin Shariati of the Department of Sociology

Thursday, 04 April 2024

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What's needed to reduce the high level of criminal reoffending in Ireland?

With 6 in 10 of those released from prison reoffending within three years, it's clear the justice system alone can't solve this issue, writes Dr Megan Coghlan, School of Law and Criminology

Wednesday, 27 March 2024

How Irish employers could benefit from hiring people with disabilities

Employers adhering to the same old recruitment tactics are failing to capitalise on the untapped talent of people with disabilities, writes PhD scholar Catherine Kelly of the Department of Applied Social Sciences

Thursday, 21 March 2024

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Fire, brimstone and failure: St Patrick's first appearance on an Irish stage

The first depiction of the nation's patron saint on an Irish stage was a disappointing, underwhelming and insulting affair, writes Alan Waldron, a PhD scholar with MU's MACMORRIS project

Thursday, 14 March 2024

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Ferdinand Levy: A Jamaican poet in Dublin

On St Patrick’s Day, March 17 at 4.30pm, BBC Radio 4 will broadcast ‘A Jamaican Poet in Dublin’ on the life of Ferdinand Levy. Dr Karl O’Hanlon of the Department of English explains his discovery of Levy’s poetry

Wednesday, 13 March 2024

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Why do sanctions against Russia succeed or fail?

There are three power dynamics within Russia that allow Vladimir Putin's administration to resist sanctions, writes Ali. A. Ghareh Daghi, PhD scholar and recipient of an Irish Research Council scholarship in the Department of Sociology

Thursday, 07 March 2024

Referendum highlights the political importance of caring

The debate around the upcoming referendum raises issues around the foundational values that guide society and policy, writes Dr Pauline Cullen of the Department of Sociology

Friday, 01 March 2024

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MU partners in study that finds evidence of elusive neutron star

A new study, published in Science and co-authored by Dr Patrick Kavanagh of the Department of Experimental Physics, has provided the first conclusive evidence for the presence of the elusive neutron star produced in the Supernova SN 1987A

Friday, 23 February 2024

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Is active transport a postcode lottery for teenagers?

Research has found disparities between areas are not due to population size but are more to do with differences in educational provision, writes Associate Professor J. M. Mancini of the Department of History

Wednesday, 14 February 2024

What historical records tell us about changing climate in Ireland

Long-term maximum and minimum air temperature series in Ireland show significant increasing trends, writes Dr Carla Mateus of the Department of Geography and ICARUS

Thursday, 08 February 2024

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