The government’s Leaving Cert reform is directionless and ill-prepared

Norma Foley’s proposed reform of the Leaving Certificate cycle risks creating new anxieties – without solving existing ones

After decades of discussion and an equally long list of suggestions as to how it might be improved, the Leaving Certificate (Leaving Cert) is finally seeing substantial reform. Unsurprisingly, the reaction of the public to the proposed introduction of a

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Ents race: strong lead for Lynch over Nadia and Donnelly

Despite the largely similar manifestos and campaign promises of the three candidates, Lynch looks set to take the role

In this year’s race to be Trinity College Dublin Student Union’s (TCDSU) next Entertainments (Ents) Officer, students might have expected a high degree of variety in what is this year’s most-contested race. Yet throughout the past two weeks, its three …


Ents candidate Ross Donnelly receives minor strike from EC

The strike was issued this evening for a breach of EC regulations governing allowed campaigning hours

Ross Donnelly, one of three candidates for next year’s Entertainments (Ents) Officer, has received a minor strike from the Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) Electoral Commision (EC).

The strike was issued this evening for a breach of EC regulations


Ents race: Nadia places inclusivity and safety at the heart of her campaign

Touting her experience in the events industry, the former STEM Ball organiser promises to offer students an energetic performance as ents officer

One of three candidates campaigning to become the Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union’s (TCDSU) next Entertainments (Ents) Officer, Junior Sophister computer science student and former class representative Nadia believes that her strong personal experience in event management and connections within …


The South’s blindspot for Northern Nationalists helps nobody

Southern silence following the recent abuse of Northern nationalists in public life lays bare an uncomfortable indifference to the plight of the North’s nationalist community.

The first month of 2022 has been less than positive for Northern Ireland. The year’s arrival was inaugurated by the wildly sectarian claims of an “elite nationalist network” dominating Northern society, and that journalists, academics and lawyers of a nationalist

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MetroLink’s delay is an inexcusable failure of government planning

A metro could both improve Dubliners’ qualities of life and help Ireland reach their climate action goals, its implementation should be a priority of the government

Irish media has in recent weeks been awash with expressions of anger and disappointment following the National Transport Authority’s (NTA) recent announcement that construction of Dublin’s underground rail line MetroLink (along with a raft of other transport infrastructure improvements) would


Sunday Longread: Local government in Dublin is in dire need of overhaul

Recent controversy over Owen Keegan’s conduct has made clear the need for the democratisation of Dublin City Council

Following years of unpopular policies and an almost impressive list of controversies, it is no surprise that Dublin City Council chief executive officer Owen Keegan’s recent “sarcastic” claim that students’ unions should become housing developers has once again led to


The government killed our clubs, not Covid

Outdated and moralistic government policy is to blame for most of the problems faced by Irish nightlife, not Covid-19.

Nightclubs, pubs, bars and other late-night businesses were rightly among the first places to be closed at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and there is no doubt that they have suffered financially from a particularly extended period of lockdown.


Now is the time to prepare for a referendum on Irish unity

With recent polls suggesting growing support for a united Ireland, it would reckless not to prepare and plan for a border poll in the near future

After a century of partition, the prospect of a reunified Ireland has often appeared elusive.  A variety of factors including (but not limited to) gradual demographic change, the chaos of Brexit, and the electoral success of Sinn Féin on both