“America must change, and this is the first measure”

In a little more than two weeks, the world will be a different place. After eight years of misguided Republican rulership, the United States of America will have the opportunity to begin rectifying the serious mistakes of the past.

Cutting education funding could exacerbate recession

In this budget, students are being asked to bear the cost of the reckless policies of the government, writes Jason Somerville

The economy: safe as houses?

With stormy economic waters ahead, Ireland’s economy is being overseen by an intelligent man with a fierce political mind, combined with a very bad sense of timing, says Aoife Crowley of Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan

Giving money to charity is good, but giving time is better

The shake of the collection box has long been a familiar sound to Irish ears. From the poor black babies’ collections of the sixties, through the Hurricane Katrina appeal, right up to today’s charity street fundraisers, it seems the appeal for money is incessant. But where does all this money go? Is it worth giving […]

“Republicans are misrepresenting feminist positions”

It seems that women have never had it so good. At certain points during this year it seemed likely that the US was on the verge of selecting its first-ever female presidential candidate. There is still the possibility of ending up with a female president by default.

It’s easy being green in today’s market of Fairtrade and vegetarianism

Nowadays, everywhere you turn it seems your carbon footprint is looming after you. Notices in trendy shops tell you which products to buy so that you can be a responsible consumer, while signs on the back of buses ask drivers if they really needed to drive today. Everyone is telling you how to be ‘green’, […]

Is there a crisis in maths education, or not?

On the morning that this year’s Leaving Certificate results were published, there was a headline in one of the free Dublin papers proclaiming that more than 20 percent of students had failed mathematics. I was certainly aware that we had problems with mathematics in Ireland, but surely it couldn’t be that bad?

Trinity’s world ranking has risen, but the system is flawed

When he saw the Times Higher Education Supplement on Thursday morning, John Hegarty must have been a happy man.

Head to Head: Vivisection

Should we RECOGNISE SENTIENT NON-HUMANS’ rights or is animal research crucial to progress.

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