Head-to-head: Charity Begins at home

“Are we creating a dependent underclass?” So who needs our help most – a starving child in sub-Saharan Africa or a youngster being taught in sub-standard conditions in Athlone? Not much of a moral conundrum really. The basic human right of having enough to eat must take precedence over the less pressing, though desirable aspiration […]

“Dear Readers, today I ate cake…”

Women are dieting themselves out of existence, but how has it become an acceptable norm? Jean Morley believes that certain media outlets must share a proportion of the blame. “Sunday 1 January: 129 lbs. (but post-Christmas), alcohol units 14 (but effectively covers 2 days as 4 hours of party was on New Year’s Day), cigarettes […]

Editorials, Issue 7

To Society Treasurers and class reps On Tuesday evening, there is a meeting of both the CSC, and, seperately,  the Student’s Union Council. At these meetings, it is hoped, a matter regarding the Capitations Committee will be discussed: namely, that Committee’s terms of reference, which contain a provision for the Senior Dean to seize student […]

Old Trinity: The Campanile’s arms identified

THE CAMPANILE has been a recognisable symbol of this college since it was erected in 1852. Descriptions of its architectural merits can be read in many books about the college, most of them pointing out the four philosophers and the figures representing the branches of learning which are visible on the tower.All, however, seem to […]

The decade without an idea and the generation without a name

We have quite a lot to live up to when considering the highlights of previous generations. In the 1950s, Martin Luther King Junior and the African American Civil Rights Movement gathered momentum. The 1960s was an era of social, political and cultural upheaval, where counter-culture flourished and normality was challenged. Hippie culture faded in the […]

The rising spectre of extremism

While most people regarded the June European parliament election results with at best, a form of apathy, one group was rubbing its hands with glee with the outcome – the far right. In the Netherlands, the anti-Islam Party for Freedom, whose leader Geert Wilders has been barred from entering Britain as a security risk, came […]

Rebel without a clue

Rebel Fianna Fail TD Jim McDaid last week called for a general election in February or March just half way through the political term. Whilst many on the ground, angered by the Government’s handling of the economic crisis are calling for the same thing, it once again throws into the spotlight a man with a […]

WHO calls on smokers to cough up

As a pack-a-day  smoker, with numerous failed attempts to quit under my belt, the WHO recommendation of a two euro  increase in cigarette tax can only be a good thing in aiding my efforts. However, it brings us once again to the often debated contention between personal choice, a “nanny state” and the duty of […]

The modern renaissance of Irish

Trinity has firmly rejected its anti-Gaelic ethos of old and embraced the recent Irish revival, writes Trinity’s new Irish language officer, Aonghus Dwane.

Cancer vaccine causes head- aches for government

Mary Harney’s decision not to make the potentially life-saving cervical cancer vaccine available to twelve year-old girls was wrong, writes Tom Broe


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