The Katherine Zappone controversy, explained simply

by Samantha Calthrop Another week, another controversy in the Dáil – but what have Fine Gael done this time? This month’s current heap of baloney revolves around former TD Katherine Zappone, and her appointment as special envoy to the UN. The affair has been long, convoluted, and arguably pointless – but if you haven’t been…

Climate campaigners occupy Shannon LNG gas terminal site

by Samantha Calthrop Several environmentalist groups, including Slí Eile, Futureproof Clare, Future Generations Kerry and Shale Must Fall, staged an occupation of the site of a proposed natural gas plant in Kerry.  Approximately 25 activists from across Ireland camped overnight on the 600-acre site, where a proposed gas import terminal would process imported natural gas…

Protest in Dublin against Taliban regime

by Samantha Calthrop On Sunday 19 September, people from across the country gathered in Dublin to protest against the Taliban’s regime in Afghanistan. Meeting at the GPO in Dublin, protestors called on the Irish government not to recognise the Taliban regime and to denounce their stance on women’s rights. Since their takeover into government, the…

“Never seen such levels of stress and anxiety” – DRCC report on sexual violence in 2020

by Samantha Calthrop The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) has released its annual report for 2020, which details – among other things – the amount and demographics sexual crime victims who approaches the centre.  Despite the ongoing Pandemic, the DRCC was approached by 13,438 people, 6451 of whom were contacting them for the first time….

New CACSS Rep to be announced

Writes Samantha Calthrop The UCC Students’ Union has selected a new Representative for the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences (CACSSS) from a pool of applicants after the elected Representative resigned.  Elected CACSS Representative Daniel Cunningham won by 65 votes on the third count, and was one of three candidates. No reason for…

Calls for remaining students to vaccinate

Writes Samantha Calthrop University Presidents are joining together to call on college students to get vaccinated for university, together with the heads of the IUA (Irish University Association), THEA (Technological Higher Education Association) and HECA (Higher Education Colleges Association).  Over half of 16 to 29-year-olds are fully vaccinated, with about 80% registered to be vaccinated.  “It…

Universities Hammer Students With More Rent Hikes

by Samantha Calthrop Several universities across Ireland have announced their plans to increase the cost of on-campus accommodation, following a worrying trend from previous years. The cost of accommodation in all areas is to be raised by 4%, the maximum increase permitted under new student accommodation laws. DCU’s on-campus accommodation has confirmed plans to raise…