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.   […]

The illusion of an ethical choice

In January, France was taken aback by the infamous “Nutella riots”. Because of a 75% discount on one kilogram jars, several French hypermarkets were packed by crowds that turned out to be as erratic as Dubliners trying to buy bread on the eve of Storm Emma.   Online footage showing brawls over the cocoa spread […]

Trinity’s Irish unity preferendum: one year on

On this day one year ago I was sitting in Oude Markt, a large square adorned with bars and cafes in the heart of Leuven, Belgium. While my friends were drinking beer, I was checking my phone, waiting to see the result of Trinity’s Irish unity preferendum. A few weeks before, when I heard that […]

We need to be smart in fighting supplemental fees

Every time I hear someone say they don’t have to explain why supplemental fees are bad, I get a little annoyed. I get annoyed because it suggests to me not just a dismissal of the glaring deficit College has, and not just an uncompromising attitude that is far easier to hold than a commitment to […]

Life without Instagram

I was sixteen when I first downloaded Instagram. Imbued with the uncanny ability to recite dates and “life-defining” moments: it was September 2013, the day after receiving my Junior Cert results. While lolling on the sofa of a friend’s house, excitedly dissecting every event of the night before, talk soon turned to a new app […]

#OscarsSoWhite no more

When Get Out director Jordan Peele and Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig each scored nominations for the Best Director award in the upcoming 90th annual Academy Awards, they became only the fifth black and fifth female directors respectively ever to do so.   This was surprising, especially given that the Golden Globes picks for Best […]

We need sabbatical elections to become more representative

Since the announcement of Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) sabbatical officer candidates weeks ago, the issue of women in leadership has been discussed intensively in the press, amongst friends, and teased out in meeting rooms. If this feels repetitive, it is because this is an issue that is not going away, and therefore demands […]

Preferendum is the wrong approach to tackling fees

Students going to the polls to vote in this year’s sabbatical elections will be asked to vote in a non-binding preferendum with not one, two or three – but five options. Students are being asked what stance the Students’ Union (SU) should adopt about the introduction of modular billing and supplemental exam fees. The five […]


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