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 […]

A frightening reminder of the past

Content Warning: Sexual Assault   Wednesday afternoon, after finally submitting my essays last minute, I checked my phone and the first thing I saw, was a notification from Irish Times. It said: “Four cleared of all charges in Belfast rape trial.” I had been following the case, but not too closely. For some reason, I always […]

The gun debate in America rages on

I grew up sensitised to stories such as the 1999 Columbine High School Massacre. I was three years old when my favourite show, Teletubbies, got interrupted by a live broadcast coming from New York City as the Twin Towers fell. In 2007, the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Michael Devlin, an American criminal convicted of […]

The radicalisation of TCDSU

Trinity’s beginning to catch up with the rest of the student-political world. On Monday March 5, several hundred students protested a meeting of the College’s Finance Committee, and made enough noise that the Vice-Provost had to come out and speak to them. Last Friday, a group of protesters blocked the entrance to the Book of […]

Why I’m voting yes in the BDS referendum

This week Trinity students will be asked to vote on whether the SU should be mandated to boycott, divest from and sanction Israeli goods and services, in effect cutting formal ties with the state. Confusion around the legitimacy of, let alone need for, such a referendum is a popular reaction from students unfamiliar with Israel/Palestine, […]

The invisible men

When I was a student at Trinity, campus life was dominated by two trends in activism: LGBT rights and consent. Both of these movements had already seen some stunning successes: the victory of the Yes Equality campaign for the former, and for the latter, the bringing into the mainstream of discourse surrounding sexual violence.   […]


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