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Kevin Keane’s focus on Repeal is killing student activism

Kevin Keane’s cynical focus on Repeal has come at the expense of improving student life

In many ways, the “Fresh” debacle is typical of TCDSU’s actions this year. Every student received a self-congratulatory email implementing a change that no one seems to have wanted, and with Kevin Keane’s name conspicuously at the bottom of the

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Trinity’s rise in the rankings a good start, but funding and internal reform still needed

The recent rise of college in the QS rankings should be commended, as rankings matter. However, it does not alleviate the need for increased higher education funding.

During the year I overheard someone from the SU talking about a special rankings commission he was involved with. The problem, he said, was how many academics had absolutely no interest in rankings: they considered it an insult that someone

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Politicians are making war with the media

Politicians have embraced a new strategy to avoid dealing with difficult questions: discrediting those who ask them.

In 2009 the Obama administration excluded Fox News from a round of interviews with an executive payroll manager due to its unfavourable reporting. They declared that they were a wing of the Republican Party, rather than a news organisation. Jake

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Trinity academics call for targeted smoking prevention in new study

The outline aimed to help in the implementation of a smoke-free campus

A new study by Trinity academics has called for better targeting of smoking prevention measures. The study, led by Dr. Gabrielle McKee of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, explores smoking and quitting behaviours among students. The study aims to

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The great divide in our students’ union

The proposal and failure of a motion on BDS at the last Congress both show up the weaknesses of TCDSU

Only class reps can vote, but anyone can go to an SU monthly congress, and they are fascinating things. Speeches for or against motions can only be about 2 minutes long. For the motion to support BDS at the most …

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The open university and its enemies

“no one, it seems, should be allowed to speak in any public organisation unless SJP deems them worthy. “

An open university is a university where societies and individuals are free to organise whatever events and have whatever discussions they …

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TCDSU passes motion of solidarity with non-academic staff balloting for a strike

Both SIPTU and UNITE are threatening industrial action after a breakdown in negotiations with College over a number of staff issues

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Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) Council has passed a motion supporting SIPTU and Unite members in Trinity in their potential industrial action against College. Union members include most non-academic college workers, such as library, security, and cleaning staff.

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SU Council backs lobbying for disability convention

TCDSU will be lobbying the government to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities

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Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) passed a motion at SU Council this evening to lobby the government for rights for people with disabilities, and in particular for the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People