Where has Budget 2022 Left Third-Level Students?

By Orla Leahy, News Editor  The Irish Universities Association (IUA) released a statement on the Budget 2022 which highlighted that though “welcome, is not sufficient to address the core funding deficit in the sector.”  The Government has invested €9.2 billion in “continuing investment in our education system,” according to their Report, “Main Features of Budget 2022.”…

Female Students Feel Unsafe! 

By Ciara Browne – Deputy News Editor This article contains mentions of sexual violence and assault. If you feel you may be triggered, please skip this article. A number of studies have been conducted in Ireland over the past four years which explore the safety a young woman feels while out in public and on public…

UCC Students Face Cost of Living Increases

By Orla Leahy – News Editor The University College Cork Students’ Union (UCCSU) have been “disheartened” to have to reopen their food bank to “support students who are experiencing food insecurity on campus.” The food bank reopened from 5-7pm on Wednesday, October 6th, and unfortunately ran out after 45 minutes. The high demand for the bank’s…

UCC’s Continued Plight for Access Equality to Medicine 

By Orla Leahy, News Editor With the medical world constantly changing, there is an increase in the number of initiatives striving to ensure greater access equality to medicine in UCC. These range from initiatives aiming to reduce Covid-19 transmission, to de-stigmatise and to alleviate period poverty, to general health services.  At the beginning of this academic…

‘It’s Heartbreaking’ – UCC Food Bank Reopens 

By Imasha Costa, Editor-In-Chief On Wednesday, 6th of October, UCC Student’s Union had to turn away students from their food bank as they ran out of food to give. Speaking to Asha Woodhouse, SU President, she recollects her experience from that day.  ‘I remember when we started, there was loads of food there. I was in…

Tips for Tomorrow’s UCC Careers Fair!

By Méabh Lonergan  With Covid-19 restrictions still in place around campus, the UCC Graduate Recruitment Fair will be held virtually tomorrow Wednesday October 6th for the second year in a row.  While to some, this may seem like a let-down, to many this move will bring added flexibility – those with overly busy schedules or…

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…

Crises Are Incoming For Students 

by Ciara Browne In Ireland, 88% of students worry about money and over 40% stress about the subject of money constantly, with nearly half the student percentile struggling to afford their living expenses, according to a new survey by the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) and Spunout.ie. 71% of students plan to work part…

#UnmuteConsent: Campaign Launch by HEI Ireland 

By Imasha Costa  As of Monday, 20th September, the Higher Education Institutions of Ireland launched the #UnmuteConsent campaign in a way to drive a positive conversation on consent and a way to end sexual violence and harassment. Sexual violence and harassment is a problem within higher education campuses and is often under-reported. This campaign was…

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…