College given green light for 358 new beds in Halls

Four new accommodation blocks will be constructed in Trinity Hall despite objections from local residents

College is to add 358 new beds to Trinity Hall (Halls).

Trinity has received planning permission to construct four new accommodation blocks in Halls despite complaints from local residents.

The expansion will add 358 new beds to the student accommodation


HEA Bill to be pushed back to autumn

The bill has faced significant opposition in the Seanad backed by students’ unions around the country

The Higher Education Authority Bill 2022 will be pushed back to autumn. The bill will not be pushed through before the Oireachtas summer recess.

It was originally expected that the bill would be passed in both houses of the Oireachtas

The logo of Trinity Graduate Students' Union (GSU).

Two candidates announced for uncontested GSU elections

Hustings for the elections were announced less than 12 hours before they took place

Both sabbatical positions for the Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) elections will be contested by just one candidate.

Marcos Porfirio, a master’s student in International Politics is the sole presidential candidate, while Nontyatyambo Manyisane is running for vice president. Manyisane is


Six years in student politics: a conversation with Leah Keogh

The two-time sabbatical officer and outgoing president of TCDSU reflects on her time in the union and the national student movement

After two years as a sabbatical officer in the students’ union, the outgoing president of Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) might reasonably be excused for spending their last ten days in office winding down in preparation for handing over …


Rhetoric overshadows substance in Seanad debate over HEA Bill

TCDSU, GSU, and S4C attended yesterday’s debate in the Seanad at which no amendments to the bill were passed

Representative student groups from Trinity attended Seanad Éireann to witness a debate on the Higher Education Authority (HEA) Bill 2022 yesterday.

Senators discussed and voted on amendments to the text of the bill with concerns raised around government overreach into …


Government announce €28,000 stipend for PhD research addressing “national and global grand challenges”

Innovate for Ireland aims to incentivise up to 400 PhD students to undertake research in areas such as climate change

Government has announced an initiative to encourage PhD research in areas which address “national and global grand challenges” including a €28,000 stipend for student researchers.

Innovate for Ireland is a collaborative initiative between Government and the private sector industry seeking …


TCDSU secure additional student member of College Board

The HEA Bill is to be amended to include three student representatives on colleges’ governing bodies instead of two

Lobby by TCDSU has secured an additional student member of College Board.

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) Bill 2022 will be amended to include three student representatives on colleges’ governing bodies instead of two, following successful lobbying spearheaded by Trinity


Dublin Pride ends media partnership with RTÉ over platforming of “anti-trans rhetoric”

RTÉ responded to Dublin Pride’s announcement in a statement this morning


Dublin Pride has announced the end of their media partnership with RTÉ, citing the platforming of “anti-trans rhetoric” on Joe Duffy’s Liveline on RTÉ Radio 1.

Dublin Pride said it has worked with RTÉ over the last three years to …


Harris indicates potential support for increased student representation on Trinity Board

The Minister suggested that a special arrangement could be made for Trinity at a meeting yesterday

Simon Harris yesterday indicated that a specific arrangement could be made to increase student membership of Trinity’s Board as provided for by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) Bill 2022.

Harris, the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Innovation, Research and …

News Analysis

Analysis: The Higher Education Authority Bill does not increase student representation in any higher education institution

The bill will decrease student membership of the governing body in 60% of colleges

Earlier this week at a town hall meeting held by College, Registrar Neville Cox suggested that the provisions of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) Bill 2022, which specifies two student representatives on the governing authority of every higher education institution, …