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Outdated and moralistic government policy is to blame for most of the problems faced by Irish nightlife, not Covid-19.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

College has a moral responsibility to abolish the scholarship exams

Schols operates as little more than a reproduction of privilege and elitism

The scholarship exams (or schols) in College occupy an unusual place in the campus imagination: often glorified as the hardest examinations students can take, they occupy a symbolic function as much as a material one. However, given the material rewards

College is reopening with caution, and students must follow suit

College’s hesitancy to fully reopen is completely sensible, but their communication and prioritisation of tourists raises questions.

This September, thousands of students around the country will be returning to in-person classes, with restrictions in place. In comparison to other colleges in the country, Trinity’s approach to reopening has been relatively conservative. 

After more than a year of

Poor working conditions are to blame for young people not returning to work, not the Pandemic Unemployment Payment

It is not the Pandemic Unemployment Payment keeping young people from working, but rather unacceptable working conditions and low wages offered by employers.

With the reopening of restaurants, pubs and retail, the usual disparaging comments about the work ethic of the young can be heard again. Now the argument is that staff shortages nationwide can be attributed to lazy students who are refusing

The #BloodForAll campaign is laudable, but we must push even further

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service’s rules are discriminatory against a number of marginalised groups, and any political action must be representative of this

In June this year, for the first time since the 1990s, the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) imported 115 units of blood from the NHS due to a shortage of home-donated blood. When this was reported, people took to Twitter

College has a duty to engage in ethical investment

Trinity’s continued investment in harmful industries is damaging its integrity as an academic institution

As government and student funded institutions, it is imperative that universities strive to uphold an ethical approach to investment, something which Trinity is crucially failing to do. Ethical investment is a strategy whereby investors, in this case College, choose to

Ireland has a duty to provide refuge to those fleeing Afghanistan

Given Ireland’s privilege and unique role in the Afghan war, Ireland must do more to help those fleeing Afghanistan.

The sudden nature of the recent US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the accompanying success of the Taliban have left many Afghans, who fear the oppressive religious conservatism and violent brutality of the incoming regime, scrambling to find a route out