Why the state must fund the arts

Last November, Taoiseach Enda Kenny admitted that the state has failed, repeatedly, to put arts and culture at the front of its public policy. Were the government to attempt to tackle this issue, it would be long overdue: arts funding currently sits at 0.1 per cent of the state’s GDP, languishing far behind the 0.6 […]

Head2Head: Should Trinity introduce Christmas exams?

Fiachra MacCanna – Yes “When we split the year in half, we are examined on what has just been covered in the last semester, and, thus,study rotas are easier to manage, and stress is somewhat relieved”   When exams seem so far away they may as well not be there at all, it is all too […]

Why sell out?

The Big Four in the world of business, the Big Five in the world of law — any final year student knows what these terms mean. Multinational firms that have set up in Ireland for what some may consider questionable interests, looking to entice soon-to-be-graduates at every possible opportunity.   This interest is not unidirectional, […]

Students must show solidarity with Trade Unions

  For the first time in years Trinity faces the prospect of industrial action. The current impasse between non-academic staff and College could be ended through a negotiated settlement; however, we cannot ignore the important implications of the policies College has been pursuing. Our article reports claims of an unofficial policy of replacing permanent positions […]

The SU is in need of fundamental structural reform

“This year’s team of officers has been working extremely hard, and I’ve no doubt they will continue do everything they can to serve the College community in the coming months. But they could be doing so much more, if only they were let.” The Trinity Students’ Union is broken. This is not the fault of […]

Back to our Futures

  “Students should be encouraged to think critically about what they want in life”   The Leaving Cert holds a special place in Irish society. The media has a morbid fascination with it, expressed in supplement after supplement in newspapers and with story after story on radio and television. This doesn’t really help my personal […]

We need a class narrative to defeat the alt-right

  “Any hopes for reversing the advance of the alt-right lie to the left”   It is, at the time of writing, the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration as 45th President of the United States. Hundreds of protests have been planned in towns and cities across North America. The fact that there is such widespread […]

Is Repeal enough?

“If we want to truly challenge the current of conservatism that preserves the 8th, it is worth examining the popular engagement people have with abortion rights as a single political issue, and to self-examine our role as activists within the campaign”   Before Christmas, the Ohio Governor John Kasich approved legislation to ban abortion after […]

The commercialisation of art

  “A businessperson very rarely invests in something that will not benefit them directly” Art has been of consistent importance to all civilisations since man first picked up one object and rubbed it against the surface of another. It helps people to cope, connects them with strangers and new cultures. It shakes us from a […]

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 […]

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

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Ines Niarchos
Huda Awan