Opinion – Teetotalism in Universities

“What? Really? Why not?” That is the usual response from a fellow student when I reveal that I am teetotal. Sometimes, it is phrased more politely, with a “if you don’t mind me asking?” to cover up their obvious surprise. Others struggle more to hide their shock horror, recoiling with a “WHAT?” – the way…

Young Fine Gael Exec Avoids National Showdown

The Young Fine Gael National Executive has avoided facing Motions of No Confidence at its National Assembly meeting next weekend. This brings to an end a series of events following the forced resignation of its former President Padraig O’Sullivan. The youth organisation, which is now led by fellow Tipperary man Colm Taylor, who was Vice-President,…

Opinion: Why I Wear a Poppy

Its November, it means only one thing: everyone on UK television wearing Poppies. Every year there is a row over someone not wearing one. (and this year there was an added one on not ‘bowing deeply enough’ at the cenotaph). Part of me says who cares?! Wearing a Poppy is a personal choice as it means different…

Cork: The New Amsterdam?

It appears that Cork is catching up with her European neighbours. Cyclists, once a rare species in the city centre, are now a common sight. With the advent of the Coke Zero bike scheme, Cork city centre has seen a massive increase in cyclists. As a result of this increased bike traffic, new cycle lanes…

Student Council Sparks Contraception Fee Debate

Alternatives to the current means of charging female students a €20 contraception consultation fee are required, according to Méabh Flanagan. Visiting the student doctor in UCC had been free for everyone, regardless of ailment, until last year, when economic reasons forced the introduction of fees for certain categories of visits. The most controversial of these…

USI Future Hinges on Finance

Stephen Goulding analyses the referendum result which saw UCC remaining affiliated with the USI and asks what next for the organisation? After the gyre of slogans, facts and viewpoints that preceded the referendum, the students of UCC voted to stay affiliated with the USI last Tuesday. This landslide victory, however, may not be as unambiguous…