Saint Patrick’s Day is here, and so it goes we join millions across the globe to don our best green garb and imbibe in a panoply beverages from the unnaturally verdant Shamrock Shake to the local pub’s green draft – all in a joyous tradition to cheer one another in the name of a spiritual hero of Ireland.Read More
Ireland Jails Teacher Who Won’t Use Students’ Preferred Pronouns
Irish authorities have arrested a teacher for violating a court order preventing him from teaching or appearing at a Westmeath school.
A court prohibited Enoch Burke from teaching at Wilson’s Hospital School after the administration placed him on leave following his refusal to address a student by his preferred pronouns, according to the New York Post.Read More
European Country Fines Instagram $400 Million
The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) fined Instagram €405 million ($403 million USD) Monday over child privacy violations, according to Business Insider.
The fine for failing to protect the privacy of minors stemmed from a variety of default settings for minor-operated accounts that the data watchdog considered improper, according to Business Insider. Children were allowed to operate business accounts, receive messages from adults and had their accounts set to “public” by default, according to Business Insider.Read More
Commentary: The History of How Saint Patrick’s Day Played a Key Role in Irish Nationhood
Traditionally, March 17 was a day to remember St Patrick, who ministered Christianity in Ireland during the 5th century. But over time, the day has evolved to represent a celebration of Irish culture more generally. Today, as with Halloween and Christmas, the true meaning of the celebration has been watered down even further. Now, it is just as likely to be marked by non-Irish people who use it as an excuse to consume large quantities of alcohol and dress as leprechauns.Read More