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 […]

Farewell, Comandante

There are few figures on the left who command the same admiration and respect as Fidel Castro. Those commending parts of his legacy can be found across almost the entire spectrum of those who claim to be ‘on the left’. Jeremy Corbyn (who is not, despite what the Daily Mail would have you believe, a […]

“I’m Sorry”

  “ People simply ask how I am – we don’t say the word election but we both know what we’re talking about.”   I wrote a piece on these pages about the US election a while ago and I’d like to say something before all else: I was wrong.   There is a laundry […]

Tech revolution no substitute for Trade Unions

    “Collective action is declining as a means of resolving labour disputes. Technological companies may have revolutionised the workplace, but it’s not the revolution employees need. Trade unions are sorely needed, and allowing employees to swap their neckties for hoodies doesn’t change that.”   When we think of worker-exploitation, a few images come to […]

HEAD TO HEAD: Student Loans

For Student Loans ~ Rory O’Sullivan   “It’s popular in certain circles to say otherwise, but free university fees in a country like Ireland would be a terrible idea, just as they have been in Scotland.” There is a hole in the budget of every Irish university, and it’s growing; and while quality of service is […]

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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
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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