Sabbatical review: have the promises been kept?

Kate Palmer gives her opinion on whether this year’s Students’ Union sabbaticals have lived up to their pre-election proposals. When voting, it’s easy to be swayed by utopian ideals set out in the glossy manifestos forced upon us during campaigning season. In a bid to gain votes, it seems nominees will promise almost anything to […]

Playing follow the reader at Dublin Book festival

The Dublin Book Festival offered an opportunity for writers to discuss their work and, more importantly, each other’s works. Kevin Breathnach was on hand to witness the witticisms. Once, I saw polemicist Christopher Hitchens eviscerate self-styled contrarian John Waters in a debate on religion. Though I’ve since come to view the militant atheism of Hitchens, […]

Irish students: the eternal adolescents

It’s not just about missing lectures – Conor Dempsey on how our lazy generation are putting our futures in danger. While searching for exam clues on the feedback thread for one of my maths courses I came across a bleak example to substantiate my feeling that there is something amiss with at least a certain […]

It’s all coming up Roses with Suas

Volunteering with Suas is a life-changing experience. Current Rose of Tralee Charmaine Kenny describes how her visit to Kolkata opened her eyes to the plight of India’s poor. It has been seven years since I first volunteered with Suas Educational Development, an Irish-based, education-focused organisation that supports access to quality education in under-resourced communities in […]

Election Special: Canidate Profiles

For our presidential candidates’ profiles, click here. Education Jennifer Fox Jennifer Fox acknowledges that the role of Education Officer is “not full of glamorous policy”. She pledges to make the Students’ Union approachable, and improve student services by introducing a College Virtual Learning Environment.  “I don’t think we have the top services in Ireland” she […]

Election special: Presidential aspirations

Declan Harmon If elected, Declan Harmon aims to prioritise accountability in the Students’ Union, and the graduate prospects of its members. He promises to cut the “wasteful spending of the Union”, and “focus its efforts on really fulfilling its role of standing up for the concerns of students and serving their needs”. “Our Union is […]

Election special: Twelve candidates, twelve days

It begins again: the promises, the campaigning, the stunts, the hustings, the polling, the count. Each year, a new selection of our fellow students step forward to represent each and every one of us in all negotiations with the college authorities. This year, as every year, the challenge is to select the best of what […]

Taking liberties

Thomas Raftery traces the historic aggregation of civil liberties in the USA, showing the scant regard for the principles on which their country was founded I imagine that it was with some trepidation that 40 English Barons accosted King John, bundled him into a rowing boat and took him out to Runnymede Island with the […]

Salinger is dead, but his spirit lives on

J.D. Salinger is dead, the author who wrote what was once widely regarded as the seminal “coming of age” novel. Novels such as these are usually best appreciated when the reader is on the cusp of adulthood. They are unique in that, when read at the right age, they establish an emotional resonance in the […]

Justice may be blind, but the people in the courtroom certainly are not

The new, technologically advanced Criminal Courts pose a threat to the right to personal privacy, according to Sarah Fulham-McQuillan. She examines the murder trial of Eamonn Lillis for evidence of this problem. Throughout history there has always been a huge interest in the intimate details of murders. Perhaps this comes from an appreciation for inoffensive […]


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