Ecosia and Yes Trees in UCC

A group known as ‘Yes Trees UCC’ are currently campaigning to add a new search engine programme to every Student IT Centre computer in UCC. The search engine, known as Ecosia, plants trees using revenue generated through advertising sold on the service. The campaign’s Facebook page received more than 50 likes within 24 hours of…

Garda Strike Report

In late October it was announced that the Gardaí had planned four days of withdrawal of service in November. Rank and file members of the Gardaí announced industrial action on the foot of disputes over working conditions and wages. Major complaints revolved around these conditions, especially when put in comparison to other civil servants, who…

IBTS Call for Donations Due to Shortage

Spokespersons from the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) have recently called for an increase of over 1,500 donations in the next three weeks to replenish stock. At the time of writing, the IBTS had estimated supplies of only 4 days for some blood types. Officials made a particular plea for donations from persons with blood…

Young Drivers and College Commuters Hit by Increase in Car insurance

The accommodation crisis currently sweeping through Ireland’s third level students means that, for some, commuting to college from their family home via car or public transport is the only viable option. ‘Commuter culture’ often has the effect of creating a 9-5 way of life in universities, meaning students are regularly forced to miss out on…

UCC Student Accommodation System in Crisis

UCC students continue to struggle to find suitable accommodation as the number of available rental properties continues to shrink, which follows a broader trend across the country. Commenting on the situation USI President Annie Hoey said “There’s just not enough of the traditional-type student accommodation.” The Higher Education Authority has estimated that about 25,000 extra beds for…