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Analysis: Second consecutive impeachment calls into question how the SU cares for student parents and their officers

The SU has essentially been operating without a Student Parents’ Officer for the past year

The impeachment of the Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) Student Parents’ Officer last week has raised a number of questions about how the union takes care of the needs of student parents. This is not the first year that

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Analysis: TCDSU deficit marks a return to financial uncertainty

The optimism that followed last year’s surplus has been upended by the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent College closure

Yesterday’s report that Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) has recorded a deficit of almost €50,000 has not come as a surprise. With most students off campus for the final months of the 2019/20 year, income streams such as the

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Analysis: Demand for counselling services emphasises the importance of funding

The effects of the pandemic on people’s wellbeing has been widely covered, and it is no surprise that Trinity’s health service has seen a rise in mental health enquiries

Mental health has been the great secondary talking point of the Covid-19 pandemic. While some have used the effect of government restrictions on people’s wellbeing as an argument against lockdowns, most of the discussion has revolved around adapting the country’s


Analysis: What we can learn from the last time Trinity elected a provost

With Patrick Prendergast’s term set to expire next year, we take a look at the 2011 election that saw him elected as Trinity’s 44th provost

Last week, applications opened for the position of Provost. The Provost’s term in office lasts ten years, and Patrick Prendergast’s tenure is set to expire early in 2021. Prendergast was elected in 2011, following a campaign process characterised by the


Trinity to offer licence fee refunds to students who choose to leave College accommodation

Students were told that, while college accommodation would remain open, they could avail of a refund of their remaining license fee, less the amount due for the four weeks notice period

Trinity has said that students who decide to leave their college accommodation will be offered a partial refund of their licence fee following the imposition of Level 5 restrictions across Ireland for a six week period.

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Analysis: Budget criticism characteristic of recent years

Previous budgets have been criticised for failing to address the crisis in funding at third level, and this year was no exception

The announcement of Budget 2021 yesterday elicited a mixed response from groups representing students and workers at third level. Described by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe as “an unprecedented budget”, Covid-19 was the primary focus of the government’s spending plans,


Kavanagh Court closes all communal spaces

The announcement came following reports of student parties and “abusive behaviour towards staff”

Kavanagh Court has today announced that it is closing all communal spaces, including its games room, rooftop terrace, and study spaces. This comes as a result of “an unacceptable level of disregard, paired with abusive behaviour towards staff”. 

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