The Literacy Library

Minimum Wage for Young People

The Mandate trade union has called for the abolition of the sub-minimum rates of the national minimum wage, which are paid to young people. From 1 January 2023, the minimum wage increased to €11.30 an hour but younger people are paid at a lower rate.

Tags: Language of Information

Buckingham Palace-Controversy Rumbles On

In Buckingham Palace and outside it, we know what it means when people ask ‘where are you from’. 

Tags: Language of Argument

20 fun facts about European languages

Throughout Europe, 700 million Europeans are represented in the Council of Europe's 46 member states and all are encouraged to discover more languages at any age. Here are 20 fun facts about European languages. 

Tags: Language of Information Culture

Time Magazine 100 Women of the Year

TIME magazine recreated covers of their magazines to hightlight 100 fantastic women throughout the ages. Click on the interactive links to learn more. 

Tags: Language of Information History Gender

Cop27: Lack of women leaders impairing global climate response - Mary Robinson

Women tend to have lots of questions on ‘lifestyle changes we need to make to live more sustainably’

Tags: Language of Persuasion Climate Gender Politics

Is loud music damaging your ears?

One billion young people risk hearing loss from loud music. Study suggests 24% of 12- to 34-year-olds globally listen at ‘unsafe level’ on devices and visit noisy venues. 

Tags: Language of Information

Qatar, the World Cup and Workers Rights

Criticism of conditions faced by migrants labouring on tournament projects led to policy changes in the Gulf state. But have they worked – and will they last?Five experts give their opinion. 

Tags: Language of Argument Wealth Poverty Sport

World Democracies 2021

The annual survey, which rates the state of democracy across 167 countries on the basis of five measures—electoral process and pluralism, the functioning of government, political participation, democratic political culture and civil liberties—finds that more than a third of the world’s population live under authoritarian rule while just 6.4% enjoy a full democracy.

Tags: Language of Information

Dove Company Secrets

The consumer giant vowed to ditch plastic sachets, single-use packaging that’s swamping poor countries with waste. Privately, it fought to keep using them.

Tags: Language of Argument

Minerals that make up a mobile phone

  This inforgraphic looks at the minerals that make up a mobile phone and where they can be found in the world. 

Tags: Language of Information Social Media Wealth Poverty

Old Man Belfield

A body of a man who had been living on the grounds of UCD campus for years was discovered dead on 11th January 2021. Listen to this documentra about his life

Tags: Language of Narration Poverty Homelessness

Lidl ordered to destroy its Lindt-like chocolate bunnies by Swiss court

Ruling on trademark case suggests German retailer could melt down and reuse the offending rabbits. 

Tags: Language of Information Business Wealth Law

Philippines martial law: The fight to remember a decade of arrests and torture.

Santiago Matela was 22 when he was dragged off the street by soldiers while playing basketball. Fifty years on, he is no longer afraid to speak out. But he is afraid of not being believed at a time when the truth about one of the darkest periods in Filipino history is under attack.

Tags: Language of Information War Poverty

Young non-smokers are being advised not to take up vaping.

Researchers looked at the evidence and say while vaping is somewhat safer than cigarettes, the long-term effects of vapes are still unknown. 

Tags: Language of Argument Health

Qatar and Human Rights

Denmark unveil World Cup ‘protest’ kits criticising Qatar’s human rights record. 

Tags: Language of Persuasion Poverty Wealth Sport Politics Human Rights

Nobel Prize: Gender Gap

Women have increased their presence among Nobel Prize Laureates but the prestigious honor is still a long way from achieving gender parity, highlighting the under-representation of women in the sciences but also in powerful positions in the humanities.


Tags: Language of Information Gender

Food price rises around the world are result of ‘broken’ system, say experts

Surge of about 20% this year due to system that concentrates power and profits in hands of few companies


Tags: Language of Argument Poverty Money

News sources and their trustworthiness

The huge distrust in the news is leading people to trust crazy fringe sources. This is making things much worse than any political bias in specific news sources.

Tags: Language of Information News Social Media

West Africa and the harmful effects of fast fashion

Dumping of second-hand clothing from West poses dilemma for Ghana’s growing fashion scene and the young designers active in it.

Tags: Language of Persuasion Fast fashion Wealth

Extract from a novel on the intimacy that sport can offer.

Sport offers us moments of shared intimacy. Especially in Ireland when we may struggle to truly convey our emotions and feelings of pride. Here the author passes his thoughts on. 

Tags: Language of Narration Sport Novel

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