Seanad elections: Looking at the big picture is “the kind of thing I do,” says Joseph O’Gorman

Having spent over 30 years making decisions behind the scenes in Trinity, O’Gorman is running for a Seanad seat

Joseph O’Gorman was heavily involved in Trinity society life as a student and, more than three decades since his graduation, that hasn’t changed. O’Gorman has worked with the Central Societies Committee (CSC) for over 30 years, assisting behind the scenes …

Seanad elections: David Norris on why you’ve “always got to earn the vote”

Ireland’s longest-serving senator discusses Seanad reform, the future of LGBT+ rights in Ireland, and why he’s inspired by student activism

The infamously gregarious David Norris was first elected to the Seanad in 1987, making him the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in Ireland. Having graduated with a degree in English Literature from Trinity 20 years …

Seanad elections: Lynn Ruane wants change, not “theatrics”

Senator Ruane discusses access, inclusion, and being an “alternative voice” in the Seanad as she vies for re-election

In November 2015, now-Senator Lynn Ruane was halfway through her term as Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) President. Her time in the role came just before the release of the Cassells report, a government-commissioned report detailing three options for …

Pandemic and protest in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has withstood months of hardship, but how have the protests evolved amidst the coronavirus?

A siege mentality – Dr. Peter Hamilton used the term to describe the foundations of discontent amongst protestors in Hong Kong. For the city, as part of the ‘one country, two systems’ government,  Hamilton highlighted the protestors’ fear of absorption …

From Apertivo to lockdown: students describe the Italian coronavirus outbreak

Irish students on Erasmus in Italy share testimonials about COVID-19’s progression from rumour to outbreak to nationwide quarantine

Although one’s Erasmus is meant to be a year of life-changing experiences and unexpected adventures, for students studying in Italy, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has taken this way too far.  “I think one of my big takeaways from the lockdown …

In quarantine

Italian professor Giorgio Provolo discusses life in Milan, isolation and the social consequences of the coronavirus

Last Friday at noon, I am the second of Italian professor Giorgio Provolo’s three video calls. Amidst the nationwide lockdown, Dr. Provolo has grown used to the medium, with all of his lectures and meetings moved to the format. Having …

Seanad elections: William Priestley wants to “put the green agenda into practice”

William Priestley talks about why Trinity’s current senators have been in the job too long, the Green Party, and moving the Seanad outside of Dublin

William Priestley is on his third run for the Seanad in the Dublin University constituency, what he describes as “a 12 year project” leading to this election. Unlike the previous two elections however, both of which he was unsuccessful in …

Seanad elections: Hugo MacNeill on investment banking, rugby and higher education

Hugo MacNeill talks to Trinity News about his candidacy in the Dublin University constituency

Hugo MacNeill is an independent candidate for the Seanad in the Dublin University constituency. Born in 1958, he attended Blackrock College where his rugby career began. MacNeill obtained an undergraduate degree in Economic and Social Studies from Trinity in 1981 …

Seanad elections: Ivana Bacik has “unfinished business”

Ivana Bacik talks Seanad reform, the Labour Party, and ensuring there is no “row back” on the progress achieved in recent referenda

The career path of Ivana Bacik closely resembles that of two former Presidents of Ireland, Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese. Bacik is the Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology at Trinity, a role previously held by Robinson and …