A strong mandate to govern? | Rachel O’Sullivan

The American political system is a relative minefield, as Rachel O’Sullivan discovers in the wake of the 2012 Presidential Election.      The tone of the 2012 Presidential election was in stark contrast to that of its predecessor. The visions of hope and change that characterised the 2008 campaign evaporated, replaced instead by the harsh realities…

Does the government ever learn from its mistakes? | Morgane Conaty

In the wake of the Children’s Rights Referendum, Morgane Conaty questions what step comes next for the government.      The result of the Children’s Rights referendum was not altogether satisfactory for the government, despite its acceptance by the electorate. The vote, which should have passed with little opposition, ended up being a lot closer than…

A housemates guide to getting on | Ashleigh Hayman

Moving in with strangers or lifelong friends can be a tricky adjustment as Ashleigh Hayman explains.   So you finally made the long-anticipated escape from the family home. Shed the nagging, bickering and rules of your relatives. Free to live the life of couch potato to your heart’s content. Hold up, you aren’t free yet. The majority…

Read All The Books! | Úna Farrell

I write this with that niggling voice in the back of my mind which screams about college work. It keeps reminding me that I have an essay due and two exams to study for. This voice is easily silenced with alcohol, food, tv, the internet. It’s easy to ignore really is what I’m getting at….

With Love from Anon | Úna Farrell

  Úna Farrell looks at the dangers of online anonymity with regard to the recent Balpreet Kaur fiasco on Reddit.   “Balpreet Kaur is a first-generation sophomore at the Ohio State University, where she is studying both Neuroscience and Psychology. She hopes to continue onto medical school to become a neurosurgeon, research the effect of…

Collegedinners-One Deal, Four Meals – €10

Hi guys! Brrr – is anyone feeling the cold?!! The north wind is definitely blowing and it looks like winter is truly upon us once more – dark nights (and dark mornings – duvet day anyone?) have sent us scampering for our winter woollies in an effort to stay warm yet look cool – no…

Societies Corner | Katie Dennison

Get Fat with Dramat ‘Fat’ standing for ‘funny and talented’ of course! It’s Fresher’s week and we’re heading down to the Dramat variety show. They’re a popular bunch but even they are surprised by the size of the crowd outside the Connelly building, over a hundred people have shown up to see the society showcase…

A Question of Fees | Gavin Lynch-Frahill

Gavin Lynch-Frahill discusses the potential onset of an increase in the third level registration fee      As we head into December’s budget, the Union of Students Ireland is unrolling its annual anti-fees campaign and the politicians ipso facto are feeding us a line of maybes such as, student loan scheme, graduate tax or a…