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    5 issues around cash and ATMs which new legislation will address
    (Raidió Teilifís Éireann, 2024-03-07) McCarthy, Olive
    Analysis: Maintaining choice in how Irish consumers can pay for goods and services is fundamental to an inclusive society
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    Leveraging the potential of co-operative agri-advisory services in the transition to sustainable and landscape-based agriculture
    (Brill, 2024-11-10) Byrne, Noreen; McCarthy, Olive; Ryan-Doyle, Martina; Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS), Ireland
    Agricultural Advisory Services (AAS) have always had a central role to play at each juncture in agricultural development and innovation. A transition to sustainable agriculture requires an agri-advisory response which draws on the agency and knowledge of the farmer(s), is more tailored to a particular local context and encourages the sharing of knowledge and experimentation across farms in a landscape. Co-operatives, as collaborative, farmer-owned and embedded entities, would seem to be well placed to play a greater role in this evolving agri-advisory space. However, there would seem to be little recognition of the current or potential role of co-operatives in agri-advice either in academic literature or policy discourse. This paper explores the current agri-advisory offering of Irish dairy co-operatives and their potential to offer an enhanced collaborative and landscape-based offering. It concludes that many of the elements are in place for such an approach but there is a greater need to leverage this potential, appreciate the benefits and enable a more farmer-centred and tailored agri-advisory orientation in co-operatives.
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    Deconstructing cardboard Muslim man: Masculinity continuum and women’s economic empowerment in Bangladesh
    (Sage Publications, 2023-12-21) Ondekova, Marcela; McCarthy, Olive; Power, Carol
    This paper analyses the construction of Muslim masculinities and their positioning towards women’s economic empowerment through a life history method applied to examine the lives of 12 purposely selected Bangladeshi Muslim men. The analysis of the men’s accounts positioned the narrators on a masculinity continuum, which incorporates three fluid masculinity markers – Antagonists, Allies and Advocates. The paper challenges the notion of one specific hegemonic masculinity, although some common features were identified, such as dominance of the male breadwinner and situatedness within heteronormativity. The narrators demonstrated a strong inter-generational shift towards rejection of violence and preference for peaceful intrahousehold relationships, even among Antagonists. The proximity of Ally masculinities to Advocates and their relational interests create strong potential for strategic engagement and guiding Ally men to adopt more progressive masculinities
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    Why a cashless society may never emerge in Ireland
    (Raidió Teilifís Éireann, 2023-12-05) McCarthy, Olive
    Despite the 'cashless creep' in many sectors, there have been policy moves to ensure businesses must still accept cash payments.
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    Would you take financial advice from an influencer on TikTok?
    (Raidió Teilifís Éireann, 2023-06-29) McCarthy, Olive
    The growth in finfluencers providing money advice on social media highlights the importance of regulation to protect consumers.