Head to head: USI membership

Every fortnight two Trinity students pit themselves against each other on a major issue in higher education. In this issue, Ronan Richardson and Grace O’Malley discuss the upcoming referendum on USI Membership.

Turkey voting for East/West isthmus

For decades Turkey has been pursuing membership to the coalition of nations known as the European Union. As a young European with a vested interest in Europe’s future, the futility, thus far, of this pursuit troubles me.

A letter from the Provost: the financial situation

Dear Staff and Students – You are all aware from the media reports that the country is facing challenges which require drastic action on every front and we as a university will have our part to play. Given the crucial role which high-quality university education will play in bringing the country out of recession, I […]

Old Trinity: Good-humoured rioting on degree day

By Peter Henry Any sensible person ought to be irritated by the perpetuation of fabricated stories of university traditions. I have met a graduate who claims to know the student who invented the “you can shoot Catholics from that window” story. And walking under the Campanile will cause you to fail your examinations? They have […]

The Public Editor: Endorsing a candidate

An editorial entitled “Endorsement for Election Candidate” in the third issue of Trinity News informed the reader that the paper does not intend to endorse a candidate for the election of a new Provost in April on the grounds that “ such a practice is now anachronistic, and in conflict with our aim of impartiality.” […]

Old Trinity: The College at prayer

By Peter Henry DIVINE worship was once an integral part of college life. An early 18th-century English translation of the college’s statutes allows us to see how this was so, with its detail on the routine of prayers here. Robert Bolton’s 1709 translation gives the college’s schedule of supplication: “Prayers shall be publickly offered up […]

Letters October 19th 2010

Iss – services whoM exactly? Madam – I note that IS Services’ quest to find devilish new ways to inconvenience us continues apace. They have thoughtfully divided their online timetable system into half-hour increments, notionally doubling the accuracy of the system. However, since lectures have been one hour long for as much of the last […]

Head to Head: Blair’s Visit

“Like him or loathe him, you ought to respect him – but don’t waste food” By Ciara Finlay According to the Melian Principle, “the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must”. This may be as true in life as it is often seen to be in politics. It is on […]

Countdown to the Election

by Mark Moore This academic year will host one of the most important changes in the College for the next decade, the election of the new Provost. This election will determine who represents the College on the national and international stage in this period, in a time of uprecedented change and upheaval in the education […]

Comment: Frank Barry

Frank Barry Professor of International Business and Development, Trinity College Dublin To what extent is Europe the answer to Ireland’s economic problems? The question reminds me of the great anarchist slogan that I used to see painted on London walls: “if society is the answer, you’ve asked the wrong question”. Not many people in Ireland […]


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