Arts & Culture

How the light gets in

As Leonard Cohen’s documentary ‘Words of Love’ is remembered, his infamous work haunts years passed

On the night of the US presidential election, Leonard Cohen was trending on Twitter, with hundreds of thousands praying for the materialisation of Cohen’s famous lyrics: the coming of democracy to the US.

The song saliently captures the wry cynicism …


Sunday longread: Societies lean into 2021

Although the pandemic has transformed society life, there’s still plenty to get involved with come January

Alongside the transition to virtual learning, Covid-19 has seen Trinity’s vibrant society life move to exclusively online platforms. While some societies have been hit harder than others, committee members and college bodies have endeavoured to maintain a sense of normality


The celebritization of politics is deeply corrosive

The reduction of politics to entertainment, bite-sized trivia and personality clashes is antithetical to constructive conversation and meaningful change

Joe Biden’s election as the 46th President of the United States has led many to hope that this marks the end of what has been labelled “Trumpism”. Aside from referencing Trump’s policies and views, this is broadly used to refer …


No country for young tenants

While hailed by Minister for Housing, Darragh O’Brien as a “housing for all” document, Budget 2021 demonstrates an unambitious approach to protecting renters

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, third-level students have undoubtedly been disregarded. While the transition to online learning is necessary to curb the spread of Covid-19, many have criticised both the government, and the colleges themselves for taking so long to announce

Student Living

The gentrification of Dublin

Hotels and Airbnbs push out local residents, and pose a threat to local history and culture

Illegal evictions, overcrowding, rough sleeping, and co-living are but a few of the cruel manifestations of Dublin’s housing crisis that the Covid-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus. While lockdown may have shed some light on them, these issues have


Trinity’s library spaces need urgent attention and systematic change ahead of exam season to cope with social distancing

While lack of seats and study spaces has always been a problem in Trinity’s libraries, this issue has been exacerbated by requirements to socially distance

Any Trinity student who frequents the library, particularly during exam season, knows the all too familiar struggle of trying to find a seat: pacing the BLU, passing rows upon rows of occupied seats, or desks reserved with a pile of


The Department of Education loosening third-level grant requirements for asylum seekers is a step in the right direction, but not enough

While students in direct provision no longer need to attend school in Ireland for three years, or obtain a Leaving Certificate to qualify for a college grant, structural inequalities in the education system persist for asylum seekers.

In August of this year, the Government announced that asylum seekers no longer have to spend three years in the Irish school system in order to qualify for educational support at third level. While this is a step in the


Societies plan how to brave the challenges of an unconventional Freshers’ Week

Societies anticipate remaining accessible to incoming first years despite amended dates for Freshers’ Week, which will see it run alongside lectures for returning students

Due to delayed Leaving Certificate results, entry for incoming first years to Trinity has been pushed to October 5, three weeks later than the initial date. First-year students are scheduled to begin lectures on October 5, with Freshers’ Week beginning

Arts & Culture

Remembering Tim Robinson

Separated from public spaces, prescient perspective is found in the work of the writer and cartographer

This summer has seen a unique distortion of order as we know it, with the boundaries in the sphere of day to day life blurred. A trip to the supermarket felt like a heroic quest. The private haven of our