Editor 2013-04-08

This year has been an interesting one in terms of media outlets in Ireland. The question of censorship is one that has been brought up by several incidents in recent weeks and it’s interesting to read about the various attitudes towards what can and can’t be published, whether in a physical format or online. Many […]

Editor 2013-03-12

It’s election time again and here at An Focal we’re making sure that you get all the information you need to make an informed vote. Below we have the names of each candidate along with the position they are running for and a link to their campaign pages. Make sure to take a look and […]

Editor 2013-02-20

  Recruitment agency Cpl is offering free training courses to those who are unemployed in Limerick. Cpl are putting together a course for healthcare assistants that will begin in March The government have a Momentum upskilling programme where €20 million has been put aside to facilitate courses like these across the country. The Momentum programme […]

Editor 2013-02-20

  Minister Ruairí Quinn recently announced the introduction of a new European-wide University ranking system. U-Multirank, the new system which is being rolled out across the EU, expects approximately 500 universities across Europe to partake in the new scheme. The first results are expected to be published in early 2014. These results, however, are based […]

Editor 2013-02-20

  The Constitutional Convention recently took place in Dublin where 52% of 100 delegates in attendance voted in favour of lowering the voting age. A call has been made to reduce the age from 18 to 16 and Limerick Youth Service have shown their support. Dermot Troy, a spokesperson on behalf of the Youth Service, […]

Editor 2013-02-20

  UL has come under the spotlight as the first Irish university to make use of an external debt-collecting agency to recover outstanding student fees. Breaking news of a European tender worth €200,000 annually issued by UCD “seeking expressions of interest from interested parties to provide professional services relating to collection of outstanding monies within […]

Editor 2013-02-20

  SINCE his transfer to Manchester United seven years ago, Michael Carrick became a name associated with groans and complaints and was often seen as the typical overpriced and overpaid English footballer. Frequently viewed as a player who failed to live up to expectation and as a figure that shied away in the big games, […]

Editor 2013-02-20

  Football is full of superlatives and some age old adages. But we need to look further afield to search for a fitting definition to illustrate the unstable pendulum that is Mario Balotelli. Many talented players go through a career at the highest level with a certain amount of baggage or limitations. Think of big […]

Editor 2013-02-20

  In December, the Serbian FA were fined just €80,000. Worse still, two English players – Steven Caulker and Thomas Ince – were banned for two games and one game respectively for essentially coming to a teammate’s aid. Mr Blatter, do you and your FIFA colleagues honestly believe that monkey chanting towards black players and […]

Editor 2013-02-20

  Could Sexton’s move cause an exodus? With contract renewals always being a touchy subject, they seem to be left until the last moment before the conversation about signing on the dotted line is brought up. It has been a big criticism of the IRFU of late, who refuse to begin negotiations until the New […]