Media hustings: Comms candidate Dempsey emphasises union experience while opponent Strahan makes the case for a “fresh face”

The political nature of the union and engagement remained an enduring issue at media hustings today

Communication and marketing candidates Connor Dempsey and Beth Strahan offered different perspectives of what the sabbatical role should offer students and the union at media hustings this afternoon.

Taking place in the Thomas Davis theatre this afternoon, candidates were questioned …


Blowing up campus buildings, employing seagulls and jousting addressed at Piranha hustings

The satirical magazine put candidates to the comedic test at the Piranha hustings in Doyle’s

Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) sabbatical candidates were grilled about blowing up campus buildings, dealing with seagulls and jousting at the Piranha hustings last night.

Taking place in Doyle’s, this was the first Piranha husting to take place since …


Equality hustings: Gilroy promises to pressure College to cut Israeli ties while Ó hEidhin claims “time for talking is over”

Candidates had the first opportunity to show how they differ from each other, from expanding the Irish language to getting rid of the “nanny-state” tobacco-free campus

After being delayed by Trinity College Dublin Students Union (TCDSU) council, Equality and Council hustings began to highlight differences in approach in election races. 

In the TCDSU sabbatical elections’ contested races, candidates faced questions on issues of engagement, Gaeilge promotion

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Dining Hall hustings: Maguire draws on union experience while Balfe practises punchlines

Kicking off the sabbatical election, the Dining Hall hustings revealed an unconventional presidential race

This year’s presidential race is proving to be one of sharp contrast between a traditional radical candidate and a comedic Oxford outsider as the Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) sabbatical election kicks off with the Dining Hall hustings.



Editorial: There are no caveats to Trinity’s silence on Gaza. It is unambiguously shameful.

The unending evidence of atrocities coming out of Gaza every day makes Trinity’s silence profoundly deafening

It took just four days of Israel’s assault on Gaza for it to bomb a university.

On October 11, parts of the Islamic University in Gaza City were completely destroyed in airstrikes by the Israeli military, who alleged that the …


14 candidates to contest TCDSU elections

All but one race will be contested by multiple candidates, with two candidates vying for TCDSU President

14 candidates will contest this year’s Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) sabbatical elections, the highest number of candidates in recent years.

Of the six races, only one – the Entertainments Officer election – will be run uncontested, with only …


Editorial: Trinity students supporting their peers amid violent riots offers hope in a time of hate

Rather than predetermined protocol, the response to Thursday’s events in Dublin was driven by instinct and empathy

When violent riots brought public transport to a standstill, and prompted a strict lockdown of all entrances to College, ordinary students and students’ union officers worked through the night to provide food and beds for students who were left on


Editorial: Budget 2024 won’t buy students’ ballots in 2025

Despite the hefty sum of Budget 2024, the brown envelopes handed to students this year are unlikely to send them racing to the ballot box to reelect this government

Beyond looking after the wellbeing of its citizens, a government budget is a democracy’s acceptable attempt to buy votes. Much like your grandparents will vote for the TD who fixed the pothole on their road, larger demographics across society might


Editorial: Protest is at its most effective when it is as consistent as it is disruptive

The recent Book of Kells blockade indicates a return to direct action, however this action will only be effective in enacting change if it is consistently disruptive

Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) recently organised a blockade of the Book of Kells in protest of College raising the rent by the maximum legal amount. The day-long protest saw College lose thousands of euros through refunds to tourists