Head to Head: Early Retirement

James Kelly: Last week in the United Kingdom, equality watchdog the Equality and Human Rights Commission backed the plans of the Labour government to stop forcing workers to retire at the age of 65, and to give them more flexible working hours. These sentiments echo those of Labour’s deputy leader Harriet Harman, who earlier in […]

Society Column: Art is Love

An Arts Festival in Trinity? Up until five years ago the idea was unheard of, but now it is one of the highlights of the academic year, a week to brighten up the dull February days. Why have I decided to write about it for this column? Is it because it will be all around […]

A new Republican renaissance

If Democrats had any doubt that the Party is in dire straits, they were set straight by the Massachusetts Special Senate Election for Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat that saw a conservative Republican unknown defeat the highly popular state Attorney General by a 100,000 vote margin. What made the defeat even worse was that the entire […]


Education committee unearths hidden gems of information This month saw the Provost, alongside his fellow university heads, sit before the Oireachtas Education Committee, as reported on page one of this issue. The information extracted at this meeting was quite considerable: the admission by Hugh Brady, for example, that the use of the student charge amounted […]

How to help the homeless

It has been a particularly harsh winter this year in Ireland. Although most of us enjoyed the snow, some two thousand homeless people in Dublin must have found it tremendously difficult. If you’re feeling charitable, what’s the best way of manifesting this desire to help. Should I give a homeless man cash or a coffee? Because if you’re […]

Limerick to Canda, Zimbabwe to Trinity

John O’Rourke interviews the newest addition to the college chaplaincy, and his former school priest, Fr Peter Sexton. Fr Peter Sexton SJ is a formidable man. My own earliest memory of Trinity’s latest recruit to the burgeoning chaplaincy team is of him in his role as music coordinator for Mass in my secondary school. On […]

Round Up

DRAIN IN NORTHWEST CONCERNING It’s emerged that more young people leave counties Derry and Tyrone than anywhere else in Northern Ireland to attend universities on the mainland. The figures were provided to Foyle MLA Martina Anderson by Employment and Learning Minister Reg Empey as part of an answer to an Assembly question on the future […]

Battle of the books: how do the libraries of UCD and Trinity compare?

Prospective students are told that Trinity College has the largest research library in Ireland.It has unparalleled resources of 4.5 million printed volumes, almost 300,000 electronic sources and an extensive collection of literary, historical and political manuscripts being accessible to its students; CAO applicants could be in no doubt that the library is a force of […]

Lissadell, our Trojan War

The debate over public right of way at Lissadell, the former home of the Gore-Booth and family and erstwhile retreat of William Butler Yeats, is more complicated than it appears, writes Sarah Clarkin The case between Sligo County Council and Edward Walsh and Constance Cassidy, owners of Lissadell House over the Council’s claims for public […]

Opinion Round-Up

DONEGAL SEES huge RISE IN UNEMPLOYMENT figures With an over-dependence on the construction and hospitality industries, it was inevitable that Donegal would feel the pain of the recession. It now seems that the figures are proving just that.The numbers on the live register in Donegal in December showed an increase on the November figure with […]


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