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Phil talks: The resilience and wit of Joanne O’Riordan

The twenty-year-old with Tetra-Amelia syndrome’s hilarious and inspiring anecdotes yesterday at the Phil left attendees coming away with a sense of aspiration toward her level of determination


It is truly rare when someone you have never met before, know little about and have seemingly few things in common with can affect your entire day, changing your attitude and uplifting your mood. This is what twenty-year-old Cork native


Professor Brian Cox addresses the Phil to talk populism, philosophy and physics

Trinity Life editor Úna Harty heads along to the Q&A session with the Manchurian popular science communicator Brian Cox


Particle physicist Professor Brian Cox descended upon the GMB this afternoon to greet science and non-science Trinity students alike. The ‘Wonders of…’ presenter and the author/co-author of over 950 scientific publications and brought this rhetoric to the chamber with his


Is no-platforming the right approach?

Quashing free speech has frightening connotations. While no-platforming a transphobe may seem tempting depending on your beliefs, would this be preferable to opening a dialogue on the prejudice the trans community faces?


Last month, a petition created by Rachael Melhuish, women’s officer of Cardiff university students’ union, called on the university board to cancel an appearance by second-wave feminist Germaine Greer on the topic of Women & Power: The Lessons of the


Offence Versus Incitement: Notes from the Council of Europe Free Speech Conference

Offence fuels debate, but hate speech stifles it. Where should we draw the line?


Striking a balance

“Freedom of expression: still a precondition for democracy?” – this is the title of the Conference hosted by the Council of Europe from the 13-14 October 2015.

We can all agree that freedom of expression is a


Head to Head: Free Speech Should Never Be Limited

Guillermo Dillon and Matthew Collins debate the value of total free speech.



For the right to offend: Guillermo Dillon, Contributing Writer

Last week I attended the Phil’s debate on the motion, “This House Believes in the Right to Offend”. The debate was truly depressing. This was not only because those opposing the


Maryam Namazie speaks at the Phil after cancelled SOFIA talk

Namazie’s speech touched on her struggle against the “culture of offence”

NEWSHuman rights activist Maryam Namazie spoke to the Phil yesterday, on her continued struggle against the “culture of offence”.

The renowned secularist, who was born in Tehran but fled Iran following the 1979 Revolution, spoke at length about her belief


Let Namazie speak

Even if you believe that racist or Islamophobic speakers ought not be allowed on university campuses, Maryam Namazie is neither. She was banned from speaking at Warwick because the SU believed that her ideas were wrong.


Whoever the argument about inviting offensive guest speakers on campus is about, it’s not about Maryam Namazie. Namazie is an Iranian who escaped with her family after the revolution of 1979. She studied in America and began her career aiding