What I’m really thinking: A student who has had an abortion

Content warning: eating disorders, repeal referendum   On May 28, 2015 I travelled from Dublin to Manchester for a surgical abortion.   For me, the decision to have an abortion was not a particularly difficult or distressing one. It is the stigma surrounding abortion that has affected me the most. Having to travel in secret, […]

Katie Ascough’s cynical worldview

“Given the imminence of a referendum and the current oppression of freedom of speech in universities across the country,” Katie Ascough said, in a recent interview with the Irish Independent, “I am not holding my breath for a fair and open debate before May”.   It’s hard to be a pro-life student in Ireland, so […]

Expulsion of a Russian diplomat from Ireland – a prudent move?

Tuesday two weeks ago, the decision was taken by the government to expel one of the seventeen Russian diplomats currently stationed in Ireland. This move follows a wave of similar expulsions across the Western world in response to the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. Both were in a […]

More is on trial than rugby players

Content warning: Sexual assault   The media circus that has taken place during and after the trial of the now infamous Northern Irish rugby stars has been costly. Though it was the rugby players that were officially on trial, the young woman at the heart of the case has suffered a trial of her own. […]

It’s time to bring Take Back Trinity a step further

The last month has been a turning point in Trinity, and perhaps student politics nationally. Undergraduate, international, and postgraduate students united to undertake the most radical student action in over a decade, successfully winning on all our demands.   After years of debate and lobbying, Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) has adopted a position […]

The Good Friday Agreement is a thing of the past

I would venture to say there was not a dry eye in sitting rooms across Ireland, as the poignant scenes of the final episode of Derry Girls aired last month. While this generation has grown up in the reconciliation era of the Good Friday Agreement, the horror of violence juxtaposed with the ordinariness of teenage life was all […]

The speaking of a language is its lifeblood

In the midst of the ongoing battle between Sinn Féin and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and as the British government tries in vain to get the Stormont Executive functioning again, the Irish language has become a point of serious contention between unionists and nationalists.   Sinn Féin’s desire to have an Irish Language Act, […]

There is too much uncertainty to make a decision on Repeal

It’s only a matter of weeks before the population of Ireland will vote whether or not to repeal the eighth amendment. Currently, the eighth amendment states that the mother and the unborn in utero have equal rights. The proposed amendment seeks to strip the unborn of its rights and allow women to have abortions in […]

When home is 3000 miles away

Life as an international student is great. New country, new culture, new friends. However, as someone who would identify as an “extroverted homebody,” as good as it can be to leave home and start my life elsewhere, it is hard to go months without curling up on the couch to watch murder mysteries with my […]

So many people in Trinity have stories like mine

Content Warning: sexual assault   I come from a place where sexual assault is prevalent, but where justice for its victims isn’t uncommon either. Coming to Trinity shocked me, because when I realised that there was no discourse going on, I thought it must have been because there just wasn’t a sexual assault problem in […]


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