Young Fine Gael pass motion on opting out of students’ unions

Young Fine Gael (YFG) has passed a motion to lobby for the opting out of third level students’ unions. The motion was passed at YFG’s Garret Fitzgerald Summer School in Bundoran yesterday.   The motion passed stated: “Young Fine Gael calls for students at third level to have the freedom to opt out of their […]

Trinity scientist becomes first Irish FENS Kavli Scholar

  Tomás Ryan, assistant professor in the Trinity School of Biochemistry and Immunology, and the Trinity Institute of Neuroscience, has been chosen as Ireland’s first Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) Kavli scholar. The confirmation was made at the opening ceremony of the FENS Forum of Neuroscience in Berlin last week.   The FENS Kavli […]

Safety concerns arise as improperly stored TNT found in Chemistry building

Unstable chemicals, including TNT, have been found and subsequently destroyed in a Chemistry lab in the Wellcome Building. The chemicals, which were unaccounted for in the department’s logs and incorrectly stored, are believed to have been brought into the lab by a former PhD student, who is now facing disciplinary action.   In an email […]

USI lobbies government to reduce student charges in Budget 2019

  The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is calling on the government to reinstate the Jobseekers’ Allowance for under-26s to the maximum adult rate at today’s pre-budget forum in Dublin Castle. USI is proposing that the government invests €81.2m in social welfare for Under-26s, ensuring that young people are able to access Jobseekers’ Allowance […]

Public invited to share views on updating Higher Education Authority Act

Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, is inviting the public to give their views on revising and updating the Higher Education Authority (HEA) Act of 1971.   Launching the public consultation yesterday, Mitchell O’Connor explained that the Act requires updating as it is “relying on a legislative basis that is now more […]

Rent caps to be introduced for purpose-built student accommodation

Rent caps are to be introduced for purpose-built student accommodation following motions from Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin. Both parties introduced private members’ motions in the Dáil, seeking to cap rent for student accommodation.   Student accommodation prices in certain areas have seen increases of as much as 15%, according to the Irish Times. The […]

Ireland’s first Technological University approved for January launch

The application for Technological University status from the TU4Dublin consortium has been officially approved by Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton, establishing Ireland’s first Technological University.   The new Technological University is to be named Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin). It is set to launch in January 2019, when its constituent Institutes of Technology […]

UL Students’ Union rebrands itself as UL Student Life

University of Limerick Students’ Union (ULSU) has rebranded itself as UL Student Life, according to an announcement on Facebook yesterday. UL Student Life is to use the new slogan “belong to the pack”. This rebranding also removes “Wolfie” as the SU mascot, leaving him as the symbol of the university’s clubs and societies.   The […]

Affordability concerns spark review of Dublin housing strategy

Affordable housing supply in Dublin is persistently “inadequate and imbalanced”, leading Dublin City Council to review its strategy for the development of social and private homes in the capital.   A new report published by Dublin City Council has found that housing supply relies heavily on Dublin’s private rental sector. While the supply of social […]

Pedestrian gate near Trinity Business School to close for five months

The laneway and pedestrian gate at 189 Pearse Street is to close for five months from July 23. The closure, which is set to last until December 17, is due to construction on the new Trinity Business School.   Estates and Facilities announced the temporary closure this morning in an email to staff and students. […]


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