Who fears to speak of a United Ireland?

Liam Cowley argues that a discussion of Ireland’s reunification does not begin at the level of “high politics”, nor should it do so

With the news that a preferendum on the SU’s stance on a united Ireland is on the way, it is important that the Trinity student community makes the right decision; that we stand on the right side of history and


‘Ninety Miles from Dublin’: The 1981 hunger strike; what it meant and why it happened.

Liam Cowley explores the factors which contributed to the 1981 hunger strike, and how its impact spread as far as the Middle East.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the 1981 H-Blocks hunger strike in which ten Irish republicans died. The average age of the dead men was 25, with the youngest two, O’Hara and McElwee, aged 23. In Ireland’s most


1916 still poses a dilemma for the government parties and Fianna Fáil

Past heroes in the republican struggle for Irish freedom are succeeded by the republicans of later generations, not by the inheritors of the suppressors of that struggle or gombeen men and women.

COMMENTGovernment ministers, their parties and the Fianna Fáil leadership are in denial. They have led numerous attacks on Sinn Féin at an increased rate since springtime. On March 20, at a Fianna Fáil event geared at unveiling their plans to


“He was O’Donovan Rossa, you know the rest”

Liam Cowley delves into the adventurous and little known life of the Fenian Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa on the 100th anniversary year of his death.

COMMENTThe 1st August marked the 100th anniversary of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa’s funeral. This Fenian’s death would provide Irish separatists, specifically the Irish Republican Brotherhood’s Military Council under the guidance of Tom Clarke, ostensibly the Wolfe Tone Memorial Committee, …


The Hist auditor who sparked an uprising

Theobald Wolfe Tone and the rebellion of 1798 have more than a few Trinity connections. With his 252nd birthday passing last Saturday, Liam Cowley explores the life of the enigmatic leader.


We have come to the holiest place in Ireland; holier to us even than the place where Patrick sleeps in Down. Patrick brought us life, but this man died for us.’ These are the words with which Patrick Pearse


Don’t blame bus drivers for this month’s strikes

Irish media elites have been trying to stoke up cheap, unjustified resentment towards striking bus drivers. Don’t fall for it.

comment1The absence of buses throughout the country was undoubtedly a cause of frustration and annoyance for many commuters on Friday and Saturday. National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) and SIPTU-affiliated employees of Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann undertook a 48-hour …


What does the result of the water charges referendum say about Trinity students?

Despite a misleading campaign by the ‘No’ side, an encouraging number of Trinity students saw the need to challenge the injustice represented by the water charges.

2,110 students, out of a valid poll of 4,619, voted in support of the call for the SU to campaign against water charges two weeks ago. The ‘Yes’ side was 5% short of a majority. Considering the lack of debate …


Why students should vote Yes in TCDSU water charges referendum

Liam Cowley urges students to vote ‘Yes’ in this week’s water charges referendum, which would mandate the TCD SU to campaign for the abolition of water charges.

comment1This week, students are being given the opportunity to join the grassroots campaign gathering momentum across Ireland. Rejection of water charges as another austerity measure has mobilised citizens across the state. People’s self-empowerment is being realised, from remote rural areas