Trinity BDS end occupation of Regent House after overnight sit-in

Students left the building “at around 8am this morning”

Trinity Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (Trinity BDS) have ended their occupation of Regent House after 14 hours.

In a statement to Trinity News, Trinity College Dublin Students Union (TCDSU) President László Molnárfi said: “Trinity students left Regent House at around 8am this morning.”

“This was the first action of its kind since Take Back Trinity. It shows [that] the student movement is willing to take radical action and that we will not stand for genocide and our institution’s complicity in genocide.”

“Trinity should expect more,” Molnárfi concluded.

The occupation of Regent House commenced at around 6pm yesterday evening, when a number of students, including Molnárfi, entered the building.

Banners were draped from the windows of the building facing College Green, whilst post-it notes with the names of some of those killed by Israeli forces in Gaza were stuck to the walls along the staircase.

Protestors barricaded both the front door and the door to the building’s lecture theatre.

TCDSU and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) both released statements in support of the protest. USI called on students to come to Front Gate to show their support for the occupation.

At around 11pm Gardaí could be seen outside the door of Regent House. They later left without going inside the building.

Evan Skidmore O’Reilly

Evan Skidmore O’Reilly is News Co-Editor for the 70th volume of Trinity News. He is a former Deputy News Editor, and is a current final year Business and Politics student.

Kate Henshaw

Kate Henshaw is current Editor-in-Chief of Trinity News, and a graduate of Sociology and Social Policy. She previously served as Deputy Editor, News Editor and Assistant News Editor.