By Jack Nolan. On Sunday, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Defence, Fine Gael’s Simon Coveney, remarked on the recent election of Liz Truss as Leader of the Conservative Party and British Prime Minister as “an opportunity to try and reset relationships” between Britain, Ireland and the European Union in the wake of the fallout from the posturing over the Northern Protocol.
Student Unions Must Become Radical or They’ll Become Redundant
The TCDSU is demanding rather than asking; 6 student unions have co-signed an open letter denouncing the government; the USI is calling for a walkout. As this year’s elected student representatives take power, it seems that we are entering a phase of renewed student radicalism. However, it is important to remember what led us trapped in the clutches of moderate, apolitical and weak leadership. Reflecting on his experiences in the student movement in the TCDSU, László Molnárfi wrote this piece a couple of months ago, on the structural factors that lead to the co-optation of student unions.
HEA Bill 2022: Implications and Consequences
If the bill becomes law, it will seriously damage democratic decision-making, diversity and autonomy in our third-level institutions, says a research paper by two students from Trinity, László Molnárfi and Giséle Scanlon, published in this newspaper.
Addressing the Cost of Living Crisis, and Inequalities in Third-Level Education are a Joint Struggle Facing Young Activists Today
By Jack Nolan. In the midst of the pandemic, and the ensuing global economic crisis in its aftermath, the
latent social and economic inequalities that have plagued Ireland, and indeed the wider
world, have been heavily accentuated by the onset of a grave cost of living crisis.
TCDSU Should Face Towards Students, Not College
László Molnárfi, a second-year PPES student at Trinity College Dublin and Chairperson of the Students4Change campaign group, shares his frustrations with his student union’s political strategy.
The Great Wall of Moyross
By Louie Lyons. Let’s call her Aisling, as that’s as good a name as any and better than some. Aisling, a mother of two, is standing in the doorway of her 2-bedroom pebbledash house. As she looks out she knows that all around her bustles a vibrant Limerick. A new Limerick. A Limerick that’s won…
The Trinity Internationalist Student Manifesto from 1968 – What changed?
A bit of a cheeky post from us, but we wanted to re-print this 1968 manifesto, as we believe the points are pertinent to this day.
Our Colleges and the Exploitation of Nursing Students
Many people are well and truly aware of our Colleges’ treatment of nursing students, mostly through the placement hours that student nurses around the country are forced to suffer through without pay. This is a significant issue. However, the issues of exploitation within the nursing discipline go far deeper and betray a a deeper insight into what our institutions truly think of their students.
TCDSU Attempted to Suppress the Halls Scandal, Documents Show
Documents from last year obtained by Irish Student Left Online show that Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) President Eoin Hand, alongside the Education Officer Megan O’Connor and the Communications Officer Philly Holmes attempted to suppress an agenda item brought to 4th Council which was due to take place the 9th of February 2021.
TCDSU Spent Over 122,000 € on Class Rep Training from 2015-2019
Figures obtained by Irish Student Left Online reveal that Trinity College Dublin’s Student Union (TCDSU) has spent 122,055 € on their annual “Class Rep Training” from 2015 until 2019, when due to Covid-19 the event was moved online and incurred little to no costs.