The case against voting

I think spoiling your ballot or not voting at all is always legitimate and often a good idea

To dispense with a caveat: I think Russell Brand is a twatmuffin. Any overlap of opinion is purely coincidental.

But I do think spoiling your ballot or not voting at all is always legitimate and often a good idea.



“Send Silence Packing” a welcome improvement in mental health campaigning

The sight of 131 backpacks each representing a student who took their own life doesn’t hold back on the message

Last Monday, the “Send Silence Packing” mental health awareness campaign laid out multicoloured bags like tombstones across the lawn on Front Square. Red bags, blue bags, orange, black – each standing for one of the 131 students who took their


A modest proposal to reform the SU

I have a simple suggestion: rather than electing sabbats, we should pick them at random.

COMMENTHi, I’m Naoise. I’m a final year English student from Dublin, and I’ve been lucky enough to experience lots of what Trinity has to offer. Now the time has come to give back. Like many of you, I haven’t always


Ready for Tweedledum: why Hillary wouldn’t change a thing

Clinton offers a female-fronted version of the same old parliamentary politics

COMMENTThere’s a representational hygiene to liberal feminism. It’s polishing the silverware at the bossman’s table till you can see your face in it. It’s an umbrella-shaped “M” for “Maggie” keeping us safe and dry as Mrs Thatcher takes us to


Getting to Trinity on two wheels

Cycling in Dublin is grim, but less grim than the alternatives


The first problem you’ll face in Trinity: getting there. This being Dublin, your options are terrible. You can remortgage your left kidney to pay for accommodation within walking distance of College. You can grow old festering in the endless sinkhole …


Privileged men are people too

Feel free to point out instances of undeserved privilege. But please don’t ever say it in a way that makes me feel my privilege is undeserved.


I’m a white, middle-class, straight cis man, and I’m sick to death of having to apologise for it.

Obviously no-one ever raises any issues of race, class, sexuality or gender identity with any aim other than making me feel personally …


The ‘depressed genius’ is a lie

Our cultural conception of the depressed artist as a non-consenting participant in a Faustian bargain, their skills purchased at the cost of their mental health, is helping no-one.

comment1Depression: the illness that launched a thousand lazy armchair-opinions from people who’ve never experienced it. Among them is the idea that it’s a natural correlative of artistic talent. From Virginia Woolf to Robin Williams, we’ve rolled out a medically …


CSC announce Society of the Year nominations

CSC have announced the shortlist for 11 prize categories in the annual Society of the Year Awards.


Today, TCD’s Central Societies Committee (CSC) announced the shortlist for 11 prize categories in the annual Society of the Year Awards. The winners will be announced at a ceremony taking place on the 4th of March in the Alexander Hotel.


How I’m dealing with caffeine withdrawal

Coffee addict Naoise Dolan reports on her efforts to overcome caffeine addiction


I’m Naoise, and I have a problem. A 600-milligrams-per-day problem. As addictions go, caffeine is fairly manageable. Aldi do a mainly-potable instant brand (tip: stick a pinch of salt in it to even out the flavour) that has lit my …