Students among 30,000 at March for Choice ahead of referendum

Students were among the 30,000 protesters taking part in today’s 6th annual March For Choice, calling for the repeal of the eighth amendment ahead of the abortion referendum scheduled for next May or June.   Speaking to Trinity News prior to the march, Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) President Kevin Keane reflected on the […]

A terrible state o’ chassis

With Dublin’s traditional commuter towns of Ashbourne and Greystones recently being declared “pressure zones” due to an increase in rents across the board, student accommodation is increasingly difficult to find for students on a tight budget. The most affected are those who rely on the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) grant to cover their fees […]

Conflicting interests on the road to sanctuary

The state exams have come to an end. Teenagers wander as they await results day, the day that will decide how they spend the next three or four years. Regardless of the outcome, for most of them it is one of the most exciting times of their lives. The final step into supposed adulthood. Many […]

What I’m really thinking: A working class student from the country

When I was in Montessori school, my teacher sold me the “Disney” line that I could be whatever I wanted to be and I believed her. I went home and did some digging in the back garden with my dad and decided I was going to do that for a living because it was fun. […]

Women in the workplace

  International Women’s Week continued with its slogan #BeBoldForChange with an event co-hosted by two individual students, Aislinn Brennan and Estelle Reeves Long, breaking the trend of a society-dominated week. More of an informal panel discussion in comparison to other events, three female speakers discussed their own experiences of being “Women in the Workplace”.   […]

Education as a form of resistance: Interview with Malaka Mohammed

Stable electricity, clean water, reliable wifi connection, a roof over your head. These are things that are taken for granted in the West, but that shocked Malaka Mohammed as she settled in England after leaving her home of Shijaia, Eastern Gaza, in 2013. “When you get outside of Gaza you start to see things that […]

National Union of Students’ executive committee to vote on censuring Vice President Richard Brooks

Richard Brooks, current Vice President Union Development of the National Union of Students (NUS), the British equivalent of USI, is the topic of two motions at the next NUS National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on 28 February. He came to public attention following a recent Al Jazeera investigation into the role of the Israeli embassy in […]

TCDSU continues to push for greater availability of gender neutral bathrooms

Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) President Kieran McNulty has launched a petition for the College Board to create gender-neutral bathrooms in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI) on Pearse Street following the implementation of three gender neutral bathrooms in the Arts Building during the Michaelmas term. This process began with former Welfare Officer Conor Clancy, […]

The commercialisation of art

  “A businessperson very rarely invests in something that will not benefit them directly” Art has been of consistent importance to all civilisations since man first picked up one object and rubbed it against the surface of another. It helps people to cope, connects them with strangers and new cultures. It shakes us from a […]

Former student activists look back on Garda brutality and USI neglect in wake of 2010 march

On the 3rd November 2010, up to 40,000 students marched in Dublin against the proposed increase in fees and cuts in state expenditure on third level education. By the 9th November, the Garda Síochána Ombudsman had received 28 complaints of police brutality. Media reports of the protest varied in detailing the event, with some accounts […]

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