Wrestling for meaning after Christmas

“I took part in the Boxing Day Sales this year… on Christmas Day”   Today is the day we’re traditionally meant to take down the Christmas decorations we were once so worried about. When I was 11 years old, my cousin gave me one sage piece of advice, “enjoy Christmas this year Sorcha, every year […]

What Apollo House tells us about Ireland

    “No, Apollo House is not enough. It is like putting a plaster on the wound, dealing with the symptom but not with the cause”   Moving into Apollo House was not an appropriate response to the housing crisis, said Owen Keegan, Chief Executive of Dublin City Council. Well then Owen, what would be […]

Islam: a misunderstood religion

  “Historically, ‘othering’ our fellow humans has been the easy solution for avoiding addressing real problems”   The world is changing and some may argue, ending. The blame for the rise of the alt-right and neo-nazism is almost always based upon a fear of ‘the other.’ Historically, ‘othering’ our fellow humans has been the easy […]

Free the Nipple is a problematic campaign

  “Is fighting for gender equality really as simple as removing your top?” When I saw images of Carina Fitzpatrick being forcibly removed by Gardai from Knockanstockan this summer, I was struck by the absurdity of the situation. People enjoy festivals precisely because they can be free, where certain social norms temporarily dissolve. Live music […]

The case for going off-books

It’s December; the Toy Show has passed, the nights are longer, and the procrastination more intense than ever, meaning only one thing — Christmas is on the way! Once a time for peaceful reflection, the four week break now spells a beautiful season of Roses-gobbling, Netflix-binging, essay-scrawling and exasperated research-doing on whatever mind-boggling aspect of […]

Why we need Students Against Fees

  “Has posing nicely in the press shots of politicians, building CVs and passing well-meaning motions with little promise of meaningful struggle loosened the financial noose around Irish students’ necks?”   Students against Fees (SAF) was created in response to a failure emblematic of the state of Irish student politics. Last year a group of […]

The hypocrisy of the west

Death of  a Dictator: the wider question?   “…it is ironic to note that Guantanamo Bay, a haven of abuse in Cuba, is under US control.” Last week Fidel Castro died. Reaction from politicians has been mixed, from Donald Trump’s declaration that Castro was a “brutal dictator” to Justin Trudeau’s much maligned words about feeling […]

The rise of starbucks

“I am immediately sceptical of a coffee-chain whose menu is largely comprised of coffee drizzled with layers of unnecessary embellishment.” If the Twelve Days of Christmas were rewritten to suit modern day, it’s highly possible that your true love would give you a pumpkin spice latte at some point. Such is the commercial success of […]

Trudeau’s rise is a victory for style over substance

  “Trudeau, like Obama and the U.S. Democratic Party, is the media-savvy face of liberal capitalism.”   Justin Trudeau struck quite a chord in May last year when he replaced the Conservative Stephen Harper as Prime Minister of Canada. Trudeau was welcomed as everything Harper was not —  young, progressive, liberal, and an ally to […]

The fees battleground: A stage for student radicalism

  “Education is not a private commodity but a social good”   Since the introduction of the student contribution charge in 2009, annual student fees have increased by 333% to €3,000. This pales in comparison to the meteoric increase witnessed since 2001, when fees stood at €396. The increasing cost to students and their families […]

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Niamh Lynch
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Kelly McGlynn
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Michael Foley
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Katarzyna Siewierska
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Clare McCarthy
sport@trinitynews.ie

Illustration

Aisling Crabbe
Natalia Duda
Sarah Morel
Mike Dolan
John Tierney
Naoise Dolan
Sarah Larragy
Mubbashir Ali Sultan
Nadia Bertaud
Daniel Tatlow

Photography

Kevin O'Rourke
Ines Niarchos
Huda Awan