Northern Ireland should reject the Irish Language Act

Four months after the Assembly election in March, Northern Ireland still has no devolved government. A long-running dispute behind the political deadlock concerns the introduction of an Irish Language Act. While Irish has official status as a national language of the Republic, it is recognised only as a minority language in the North.   Many […]

McGuinness Legacy: The Futility of Violence

The death of Martin McGuinness provoked strong reactions from both those who held him in high esteem and from those who were unable to forgive him for his leading role in the Provisional IRA. The breadth of reactions demonstrates the depth of the fault lines that run through Northern politics, as well as the proximity […]

Brexit, Theresa May, and Ireland’s borders: Nick Clegg speaks to the Hist

Former leader of Britain’s Liberal Democrats party, Nick Clegg , visited the Hist today, April 5, where he was awarded the Gold Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Discourse. This award is presented to those who are deemed to have particularly promoted discourse in the international sphere. The previous UK Deputy Prime Minister was the last […]

Trinity professor expresses concern over possible fee increases for NI students

A Trinity professor has expressed her “horror” that Northern Irish students, following Brexit, may have to pay non-EU fees in order to study at a third level institution in the Republic of Ireland and vice-versa. Erasmus Smith’s Professor of Modern Irish History, and Chairperson of the Irish Research Council, Jane Ohlmeyer spoke of her concern […]

The unity debate is overlooking an important distinction

    Debate on the prospect of a unified Ireland is often characterised as impervious to logic and deeply personal. Beliefs on both sides are formed by the community in which one grows up and most people, north and south of the border, have an instinctive and deeply emotional reaction. However, the preferendum on Trinity […]

“A neutral vote is a vehicle for Unionism”

On Tuesday and Wednesday of next week Trinity students will be asked to take a position on reunification of Ireland. Two campaigns have arisen around the yes campaign and a vote for the SU to take a neutral stance. The neutral campaign claims that the SU taking a position will be divisive and that to […]

NUI Galway votes to support Irish reunification

NUI Galway Students’ Union (NUIGSU) has voted to support the reunification of Ireland and will now call on the Irish government to hold a referendum on the issue.   The motion was proposed by Sinn Féin at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), stating: “NUI Galway Students’ Union supports the reunification of the island […]

Trinity not accepting results of four A-Levels subjects in NI applications

Trinity is one of seven Irish universities not to accept the results of four A-Level subjects in applications to College made by secondary school students in Northern Ireland this year. The move will prevent some students from Northern Ireland from being accepted into Irish universities. However it is expected that this change will be reversed in […]

The nitty-gritty of the Northern Irish elections

After months of controversy, the whirlwind political scandal “cash for ash” caused the collapse of the Northern Ireland Assembly. After ten years of power-sharing between the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Féin, it was a botched energy scheme that caused a decade-long reign to go up in smoke. An election takes place today, March […]

Preferendum will alienate Northern-Irish students

TCDSU’s vote for a preferendum on taking a stance on the constitutional position of Northern Ireland defies both right and reason. The preferendum, proposed and voted upon by the SU council on Valentine’s day, can only go badly. There is no possible positive outcome:  the preferendum itself will be a polarising mess with Northern students […]

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