Spotlight on Research

'Make Russia great again': why Putin is a man on a mission

The latest military build-up of Kremlin forces near Ukraine's border is part of Putin's plan to restore historical Russia, writes Oleg Chupryna, PhD scholar in the Department of Sociology

Monday, 07 February 2022

Is it time to rethink employment services for the long-term unemployed?

The experience of those using public employment services such as JobPath shows they're not fit for purpose, writes Dr Michael McGann, Department of Sociology

Saturday, 05 February 2022

Boss Brigit

A focus on a ‘pagan goddess’ of the same name overshadows what is truly interesting about St Brigit, especially in light of her new bank holiday and the implications for modern feminism, writes Dr Niamh Wycherley, Department of Early Irish

Tuesday, 01 February 2022

How Ireland dealt with 1951's deadly flu epidemic

Without effective vaccines, the flu epidemic 70 years ago caused many deaths, closed schools and impacted businesses, writes Dr Irene Mosca, Department of Economics

Monday, 24 January 2022

Ken Saro-Wiwa's death row letters to an Irish missionary nun

26 years after his unlawful execution, the Nigerian activist's struggle for environmental justice has been taken up by many others, writes Dr Íde Corley, Department of English

Monday, 17 January 2022

A garda car and van parked in front of some houses

The secret world of the Irish witness protection programme

What makes the Irish witness protection scheme stand out is that there is no legislation governing the programme itself, writes Aaron Harte-Hughes, Department of Law

Monday, 10 January 2022

Why Silent Night is the anti-Christmas movie

Silent Night is an ideal movie for these times of anxiety around emergencies like climate change and Covid-19, writes Dr Julie Rodgers and Peadar Kearney, School of Modern Languages

Tuesday, 04 January 2022

Lit candles against a soft, dark background of pine branches and twinkly lights

Christmas in Medieval Ireland

In medieval Ireland, Christmas was not as big a festival as Easter but was still considered a time of feasting and rest, writes Dr Niamh Wycherley, Department of Early Irish, School of Celtic Studies

Monday, 20 December 2021

Why Ireland's response to human trafficking needs to be improved

Deficiencies in identifying the estimated 8,000 victims of human trafficking here need to corrected, writes Muiread Murphy, Department of Law

Monday, 13 December 2021

Where does the phrase 'taking the soup' come from?

In the village of Swatragh in south Derry, the local dispensary doctor, Daniel Mooney and his wife Sarah are fondly remembered for their role in establishing a soup kitchen during the Famine years, writes Dr Ciarán Reilly, Arts and Humanities Institute

Monday, 06 December 2021