Students considering legal action over SU pro-choice mandate

The action concerns an SU vote on the issue in February 2014

NEWSA group of Trinity students have consulted with solicitors about taking legal action against the pro-choice mandate of Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU).

Speaking to Trinity News, Gavin Rothwell, one of the students concerned, said: “A number of


SU president Lynn Ruane takes final TCD Seanad seat

Incumbents David Norris and Ivana Bacik were returned to the house, but Sean Barret missed out on a seat


The fifteenth and final count for the TCD Seanad panel has seen Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union president Lynn Ruane take the third and final seat, after incumbents David Norris and Ivana Bacik placed first and second respectively. She was …


Students Against Fees establishes steering committee to oversee running of group

The focus of the meeting was on the need for a coherent structure, and future action of the group with regard to the new academic year

NEWSWednesday April 6 saw another open meeting held by Students Against Fees (SAF). This time, the focus was very much on the need for a coherent structure, and future action of the group with regard to the new academic year.…


Council postpones discussion of student media access motion

The motion proposed to mandate the Students’ Union to provide equal opportunities and access to on-campus media outlets

NEWSA motion mandating the Student’s Union to provide equal access to Trinity student media to its events and reporting opportunities, including but not limited to livestreaming opportunities, event access, and the provision of documents has been postponed at the final


TAP continues to open doors in the face of cuts

The staff and students of the Trinity Access Programmes speak to Trinity News about the importance of the organisation to them and the wider college community

FEATURESDuring the lead up to the recent student union elections Stephen Carty, a candidate for TCDSU president, pledged €5,000 of his prospective salary towards Trinity Access Programmes (TAP). Lynn Ruane, who came through TAP as a mature student, is now


Ruane launches crowd-funding campaign to subsidise Seanad bid

She is running on “a platform of education, childcare and access – be that access to fair pay, mental health services, healthcare or equal opportunities.”


Lynn Ruane, president of Trinity College Dublin’s Students’ Union (TCDSU) and candidate in the Trinity constituency for Seanad Éireann, has announced a crowdfunding scheme to subsidise her election campaign.

She is running on “a platform of education, childcare and access


Professors debate Ireland’s eighth amendment at LawSoc event

Mairead Enright said that “there is a black hole waiting for us to fill after the repeal of the eighth amendment” which could either be “filled with conservatism” or trust in women.”

NEWSTrinity College Dublin Students’ Union, in association with the Law Society, held a debate on Monday evening: “Repealing the Eighth Amendment: The Legal Consequences”.

The speakers included pro-choice activists Mairead Enright and Professor Fiona de Londras, as well as pro-life


Nursery faces 52% budget cut

Caoimhe Gordon speaks to TCDSU President, Lynn Ruane about the reverberations the budget cut will have for student and staff parents.

FEATURESThere have been few departments and services which have emerged unscathed from budget cuts in recent years. Funding for capitated bodies within the College was slashed  by 10% last year. The Sports Centre budget has been cut by €136,000. The


Issue of student loans to resurface after dissatisfaction over defeat of Ruane’s motion to oppose them at council

A second motion calling for the SU to oppose student loans is likely.


Following last week’s defeat of a motion calling for Trinity College Dublin’s Students’ Union (TCDSU) to oppose student loans a group of students who are not part of the SU council are considering bringing a second similar motion or referendum