“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…

UCC GE Debate: Shouts, Cheers, and Scepticism

by Samantha Calthrop   UCC’s Government & Politics and Law Society’s General Election debate saw four party representatives come to UCC and debate 2020’s election issues. Moderated by Government & Politics lecturer Dr. Mary C. Murphy, councillors Lorna Bogue (Green Party), Colm Kelleher (Fianna Fáil), Thomas Gould (Sinn Fein), and Social Democrats candidate Ciarán McCarthy…

UCC scientists research new uses for farming wastewater

by Samantha Calthrop Dairy and milk production creates a large amount of waste products, with outputs of grease, protein, or discarded whey and trimmings. All that nutrient-rich substance is simply thrown away— but could be put to better use, says UCC’s Newtrients research project. The EPA-funded project is headed by plant scientist Prof. Marcel Jansen,…

Worry as banks sell off 1000s of ATMs

by Samantha Calthrop Criticism has been targeted at AIB and Bank of Ireland, both of whom have announced that they plan to sell a collective 1000 of their ATMs on to private companies, who may introduce extra charges. Presenter Eoghan McDermott and journalist Michael Wolsey have both taken to the media to voice their protests,…