Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) Council has passed a motion opposing the construction of a temporary exhibition space for the Book of Kells on College Park.
The motion was proposed collectively by the Union Forum, a body made up of all the part-time officers and sabbatical officers of the union, chaired by the president. Education Officer Bev Genockey seconded it.
The exhibition space is due to be constructed in 2023 and will be used while the Old Library is undergoing redevelopment works.
The proposal noted that Trinity “currently has the worst outdoor sporting facilities in the country, and to chip away at them seems completely counterintuitive”.
TCDSU will encourage College to “explore alternative locations” for displaying the Book of Kells while works are ongoing.
The union’s sabbatical officers are also mandated to “to liaise with DUCAC [Dublin University Central Athletics Committee] to ensure that the voices of the sports clubs are being represented at the College’s decision making bodies that they do not have a seat on”.
DUCAC, which oversees and represents all Trinity’s sports clubs, expressed its formal opposition to College’s proposal yesterday (November 8).
Additional reporting by Kate Henshaw, Bella Salerno, Jamie Cox and Leonard Mussler.