Irish Blog Whacked

Wednesday, May 22, 2013



Column: We may mark the bicentenary of the Famine knowing we are still living its demographic legacy
Commodified: the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s re-creation of the CBGB toilets for its show Punk: Chaos to Couture. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty
Culture Shock
Alex White and Minister for Health James Reilly. “In spite of soothing noises from Minister of State Alex White, the fact is that nothing has been done after two-and-a-half years.” Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill
Column: It is much cheaper for the State to give people, especially those with chronic illnesses, free access to their GPs
Independent TD Catherine Murphy last week released documents showing that, in the last six months, 58 per cent of all parliamentary questions about the operation of the Department of Social Protection were answered privately, so that the replies are not on the public record. Photograph: David Sleator
We have a clear and consistent policy of suppressing dissent and obscuring bleak realities
Curious onlookers and relatives of missing victims watch from behind a makeshift fence as workers start dislodging parts of the garment factory building which collapsed in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photograph: Wong Maye-E/AP
Column: Trade unions are the single biggest factor missing in the sweatshops of Asia
Signs at a makeshift memorial  for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, near the marathon finish line. Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
In the US, an improvised bomb provokes hysteria but gun murders of children lead to shameful indifference