Over 10 episodes, TheJournal.ie will look 10 years ahead, tackling 10 big ideas that could shape Ireland’s future for the better. For each, we’ll hear from someone who believes the idea could work - be it a four-day work week or a plastic-free Ireland - and we'll figure out just how likely it is to happen.
Could Ireland build a world-class public transport system?
What would Ireland need to do to drastically improve its public transport system?
From buses to bike lanes, and everything in between, is it time for an overhaul - and could we do it in the next decade?
In the tenth and final episode of Ireland 2029, we explore if Ireland could build a world-class public transport system, and look at what we can learn from other countries.
Could Ireland create an Olympic medals powerhouse?
Since the 2000 Olympics, New Zealand — a nation with an almost identical population to Ireland — has won 50 Olympic medals. In the same time period, Ireland has won 12.
What can we learn from New Zealand's success, and could we emulate it? In the ninth episode of Ireland 2029, we look at what the country needs to do to bring more medals home.
Should Ireland reintroduce wolves?
Some environmentalists are hoping to see wolves return to Ireland. They say the presence of an apex predator can have a massively beneficial trickle-down effect on an ecosystem - as documented in Yellowstone in the US.
However, there would likely be much opposition to such a move - with possible threats to humans and livestock among the main concerns.
In the eighth episode of Ireland 2029, we explore whether or not the country should reintroduce wolves.
Could Ireland build the world's most successful women's football league?
You've probably noticed it: there is a huge buzz around women's football right now in the wake of the World Cup.
Ireland is aiming to double the number of female footballers in the next seven years. But in order to do this, a massive increase in investment is needed.
In the seventh episode of Ireland 2029, we explore whether or not Ireland could build the world's most successful women's football league. Possible? Or pipe dream?
Could Ireland go plastic free by 2029?
Plastic is light. It’s cheap. It’s durable. But it's also rapidly damaging the environment.
In the sixth episode of Ireland 2029, we explore whether or not Ireland could go plastic free in the next 10 years - and what would be needed by individuals, government and business to make this happen.
Should Ireland introduce a universal basic income?
What would change if the government gave everyone in Ireland €200 a week?
It could empower Irish workers, but is it really the best solution for the country’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens?
In the fifth episode of Ireland 2029, we explore the pros and cons.