A chat with journalist turned barrister and proud mother of five – Aileen Hickey

Recently I had the opportunity to chat with Aileen Hickey, a successful journalist-turned-barrister and fabulous mother of five. Aileen lives in Dublin with her five children and her husband, Matt Cooper: the highly successful journalist and radio presenter with his own show, ‘The Last Word’, on Today FM. I began by asking Aileen about her…

The Brexit Effect on Higher Education

According to new figures released from the UK’s Universities and College Application Service (UCAS), the number of people from Ireland applying to study at British universities has decreased for the fifth consecutive year.  A notable 31% fewer Irish applicants hoped to study at UK third-level institutions in 2017 than in 2012. UCAS January deadline figures…

Is sustainability sustainable?

This is the last stand of climate change. Perhaps not exactly; the world will not cease to be in fifty years, after all, and if all of human industry stopped and disappeared right now the planet would make a swift recovery, relatively speaking. But it’s one of the stands, and one of the last stands…

Seven Success Secrets of Long Distance

Have you been forcefully prised away from your significant other? Do you miss arguing over who snores the loudest? Would you often find yourself lamenting the times you didn’t appreciate all the times they wouldn’t shut up talking when you were dying from a hangover? Do you hate seeing everyone else tweeting ‘#longdistancesucks’ because their…

The Scarlet ‘L’: How To Survive And Thrive As A Learner Driver

Imagine, if you will, the following scenario: It’s 8:38 on a Monday morning, and having completed your final driving lesson on the previous Friday morning, you’re embarking (despite your mother’s best wishes) on your very first independently driven journey to college. With your driving test only a matter of weeks away, the days of extortionately…

Cape Town approaching ‘Day Zero’ of water crisis– and the rest of the world may follow

July 9 is the date. Right now, the rich are buying out bottled water supplies. Companies that drill private wells have year-long waiting lists. Shopping malls and businesses have toilet stalls politely divided into ‘No. 1’ and ‘No. 2’ and provide hand sanitiser rather than taps. But it hasn’t been enough: Cape Town is going…

Do you like drugs?

I thought maybe it was just me; that now I am in my early twenties and in college I am more exposed to the drug culture that is most prevalent amongst college students and has always been there. But settling for this assumption, the assumption that this is just the way it is and always…