An aerial view of Freshers' Week 2016.

It’s time to let societies into student politics

We could be entering a new era of student activism, but only if societies are allowed in.

So far, almost every angle of the Dublin University Gender Equality Society (DUGES) name-change debate has been explored. However, the events of recent months are simply threads in the knot of a greater issue: the involvement of student societies in

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What is Direct Provision and why must it end?

Trinity PBP and TCDSU came together to host founding member of United Against Racism, Memet Uludag, to speak about why the Direct Provision scheme in Ireland must be abolished.

This Thursday, March 9, saw a discussion entitled “Direct Provision- Why It Must End” being held in a spacious seminar room in Áras an Phiarsaigh. The event was a collaborative one between Trinity People Before Profit and TCDSU. The sole


Former student activists look back on Garda brutality and USI neglect in wake of 2010 march

Stacey Wrenn interviews two students about the student march in November 2010 in Dublin against the proposed increase in fees and cuts in state expenditure on third level education

FEATURESOn the 3rd November 2010, up to 40,000 students marched in Dublin against the proposed increase in fees and cuts in state expenditure on third level education. By the 9th November, the Garda Síochána Ombudsman had received 28 complaints of


The fees battleground: A stage for student radicalism

“An effectively militant student movement will approach the struggle against fees in the broader context of discrimination against young people”

“Education is not a private commodity but a social good”

Since the introduction of the student contribution charge in 2009, annual student fees have increased by 333% to €3,000. This pales in comparison to the meteoric increase witnessed since 2001,


A Revival of student activism: Fueling divestment with Fossil Free TCD

Catherine Hearn of Fossil Free TCD outlines their campaign for the divestment of college funds from the fossil fuel industry


“Trinity had investments worth approximately €6.1m in companies such as Shell Global, ExxonMobil, BP and TransCanada Corporation.”

6.1 million euro is a lot of money – it’s a national lottery prize, a small island in the Philippines, or 62,500 years’


A revival of student activism

Stacey Wrenn discusses the revival of student activism following the proposal of income-contingent student loans


On the 3 November 2010, almost 40,000 students marched from Parnell Square to the Government Buildings on Merrion Street in what The Irish Times described as “the largest student protest for a generation”. It was organised  by the Union of …


First Year, first rally: marching in solidarity with the TUI through the perspective of a recent activist

“This was to be my first student protest in Trinity, and it was everything I had expected it would be”

COMMENTYesterday at one, Students Against Fees held a rally and march in solidarity with the Teachers Union of Ireland’s (TUI) Institutes of Technology strike. The march was organised to “show solidarity with the Teachers Union of Ireland strike over the …


Past Trinity publications showcase forgotten radical history

Trinity Publications’ history of supporting student media stretches back decades, with magazines of the early 1980s demonstrating an almost alien radicalism to those of today.

indepth1Trinity College has a proud history of student-led activism, counting among our alumni campaigners such as Mary Robinson, Mary McAleese and David Norris. While the yearly marches of the USI have become a familiar perhaps routine sight to present day …