Whether you are a slave trader atop a plinth in Bristol, or a British colonial administrator on his pedestal in Dublin's Phoenix Park, the life of a statue is precarious.
For most of his adult life, the Dalai Lama has been the leader in exile of a vast mountainous territory under the yoke of communist China. Almost as soon as he took power in Tibet as a spiritual and political leader, his authority was being stripped away from him - and within a decade he had fled to India.
It was a scene of horror that is almost unimaginable nearly a century later. In Ballyseedy, Co Kerry, nine republican prisoners were tied to a land mine and the aim of their captors was to blow them all apart.
The number of students studying or doing traineeships abroad is increasing as a growing number of undergraduates see the value of foreign experience. Figures from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) show that the number of students participating in the EU's Erasmus+ programme has doubled over the past decade.
Early on in her career, Marian Finucane ruffled feathers by broaching topics that were taboo among a large section of the RTÉ listenership, but these were subjects uppermost in the minds of many others and could not be hidden forever.
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