Metrolink saga is a pitiful representation of Ireland at its most disappointing

After decades of delays, Metrolink is still facing heavy opposition and seemingly endless bureaucratic interruptions that showcase Ireland’s inability to fight for progress.

What can a person achieve in 34 years? Well, one could be born, attend school, move to college, graduate, start work, get married, start a family, and maybe even buy a house if we’re prepared to stretch the limits of


Do not fall for the myth of “unnecessary” public transport journeys spouted by the leader of a Green Party that has betrayed its principles

Minister Eamon Ryan’s recent talk in college was interrupted by protestors who are justifiably tired of false promises and callous decision-making

“We are sinners beyond compare,” said Eamon Ryan during his ministerial speech to College staff and students for Green Week 2023. He was referring to Ireland having the highest emission rates per capita in the European Union, but these pre-written


Vapes — the recyclable product that barely anyone is recycling

With Green Week 2023 on the horizon, it is time for students to take our recycling responsibility seriously

From 1995 to 2015, the number of teenagers and young people smoking in Ireland had been continually decreasing. However, according to Professor Luke Clancy of the Tobacco Free Research Institute Ireland, from 2019 onwards this trend has done a complete


STEM students are being left behind during election season

According to a survey carried out in the week leading up to the TCDSU elections, voters in STEM courses feel that candidates do not pay them enough attention

For a week-and-a-half in the early spring, Trinity experiences election-fever. The Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) elections bring with them hundreds upon hundreds of manifestos, flyers, and business cards. For many, it seems like you can hardly move in


Now is the winter of our discontent… again

After years of inaction, the government are now out of excuses for overcrowded hospitals

“Nurses are now expected to crisis manage a situation that isn’t of our making”.

This quote, from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, (INMO), perfectly encapsulates the feelings of frustration and despair amongst hospital staff in this country every winter.


Two Taoisigh and three Prime Ministers walk into a bar…

We cannot laugh too much at Britain’s three Prime Ministers in as many months when the best we could come up with is a rotating Taoiseach role that highlights the absurdity of our own system

Step aside, Roz Purcell and Pippa O’Connor. Micheál Martin and Leo Varadkar are currently Ireland’s trendiest influencers. Mere weeks before our rotating Taoiseach system is due to be implemented, as Varadkar assumes Martin’s role, the British government decided that they


Ibec’s objections to paid domestic violence leave are as nonsensical as they are contemptible

For victims of domestic violence trying to escape abusive situations, monetary concerns are an ever-present factor that this new bill will help alleviate, whether Ibec like it or not

On 5 October 2022, the work-life balance and miscellaneous provisions bill 2022 was presented to Dáil Éireann and legislation to implement it is currently being worked on by Green Party TD and Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth


It is never too early to start teaching consent, but it can be too late

Whilst sexual consent education workshops are becoming more and more common in universities unless the foundations are taught in secondary schools we are fighting a losing battle

In April of 2021, students across Ireland received an email containing a link to a Higher Education Authority (HEA) survey on student experiences of sexual violence and sexual harassment. The findings from it, published in January 2022, made for depressing,


Landlord TDs do not deserve our pity

The Robert Troy scandal has shone a light on the dangerous conflict of interest between landlord TDs and their constituents

August is a long time in politics.

Since coming into power in June 2020, the coalition government of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, and the Green Party have not survived a Dáil summer recess without enduring a national scandal, resulting in


The SEC is running out of excuses for late Leaving Certificate results

Pay disputes, poor organisation, and extreme staff shortages are issues that have plagued the SEC for many years, and have now resulted in unacceptable delays for students during an already stressful time

As the new academic year looms ever closer on the horizon, returning students are faced with familiar tasks: module enrolment, registration, fee payments. These are the annual, slightly tedious jobs that must be completed in mid-to-late August so that our