DCUSU referendum on option to leave union expected as petition gains necessary signatures

  Two petitions circulating in Dublin City University (DCU) – one calling for the option to leave Dublin City University Students Union (DCUSU) and another for a referendum on the union’s stance on abortion – have gained the necessary number of signatures for referenda to take place.   Referenda can be expected to be called […]

Pulling down posters won’t win the argument

Trinity PBP has overreached with their removal of pro-life posters around campus. While abortion is a sensitive issue, no side in the debate has a mandate to suppress an opposing viewpoint.   Any disrespect for democratic values only undermines the pro-choice campaign. The nature of a referendum, like that approaching in 2018, demands a public […]

“Very worrying” — Keane criticises UCDSU President’s removal of abortion information

Kevin Keane criticised the decision made by University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) President Katie Ascough to retract and reprint their Student Union handbook “Winging It In UCD” because of illegal content about abortions. The handbooks were ordered by the union for students for orientation week.   According to the University Observer, some of the […]

Pro-life to pro-choice: confessions from a convert

I was working as a research assistant in College the summer after my first year. I saw the Rally for Life posters every day on my route to and from work but hadn’t seriously considered attending until the day of the rally. It was a Saturday and, since I had nothing else to do, I […]

The law of the land

The functions of the law are to keep peace, shape moral standards, promote social justice, resolve disputes and protect the liberties and rights of a country’s citizens. But how do we decide the moral values that underpin these rules? Religion can provide, and has provided, lawmakers with a handy, pre-existing morality on which to base […]

Coalition to Repeal the Eighth demonstrate at Central Bank

 The Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment held a rally in Dublin city centre today in demonstration of their wish for an “immediate referendum to repeal the eighth amendment”.     Meeting outside Central Bank on Dame Street, similar rallies were held in Galway, Cork and Kerry. With over 1000 people registered as “going” on […]

Women’s liberation should embrace striking

Over one hundred years ago, one of history’s greatest revolutionary women, Rosa Luxemburg, wrote on the significance of the mass strike. Luxemburg’s attempt was among the first to examine, rigorously and in depth, the role of the strike in the struggle to transform society.   The strike, after all, is a long-standing pillar of labour […]

Should I have been aborted?

If there were a referendum on the 8th Amendment tomorrow, I would vote to repeal. I believe that access to safe and legal abortion is an important part of a modern society. I do not believe that life starts at conception.   But when did my life begin? Should I be here at all?   […]

Katie Ascough announced UCDSU President

Katie Ascough, a third year Science student specialising Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, has won the University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) presidential candidate race with a final total of 1,431 votes.   Three other candidates also ran for the position; Ronán Bartley, Rebecca Hart and Philip Weldon. Second year Business student Weldon placed second in the race with […]

Up to 300 sign TCD Strike 4 Repeal pledge, as campaign grows on campuses

The Strike 4 Repeal campaign has begun organising and seeking student support on university campuses across the country, as an activist behind the Trinity campaign group hailed the “overwhelmingly positive responses” from students in the college since setting up a stall in the Arts Building on Tuesday February 7.   Strike 4 Repeal aims to stage a […]

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