For and Against: Should Irish citizens abroad have the right to vote in Presidential Elections

Early in 2017 the then-Taoiseach Enda Kenny, speaking in Philadelphia, announced a referendum on whether to grant citizens abroad the right to vote in presidential elections. Here we consider the arguments For: Lucas Brun There are practical reasons why citizens abroad should be entitled to vote. Some say that these people will not be affected…

Sexual harassment in the LGBT community

The recent allegations against the comedian Al Porter served as an uncomfortable reminder that sexual harassment and assault can happen anywhere. It’s something I have witnessed, it’s something I have been a victim of. And I am sure like those who have spoken out about Al Porter, there are many others with stories like mine. Granted…

Opinion: The Eighth Amendment

The opinions expressed in the following article are those of its author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the UCC Express. The author has requested to be credited as ‘anonymous’, and we have complied with this request. I am a male, mature student of UCC and at present, I sit firmly on the…

For & Against: Catalan Independence

Context: On 1 October, a disputed referendum was held in Catalonia, asking whether the region should be an independent state. Spanish police forcefully closed many polling stations, with photos of voters, beaten & bloody, frequently appearing in the media.  This vote was suspended by Spain’s Constitutional Court, which later declared the result – which organisers…

Waiting for Climate Change

By a concerned but ultimately exasperated individual For those of you whom do not know, “Waiting for Godot” is arguably Samuel Beckett’s greatest play, revolving around two characters Vladimir and Estragon, who wait for the arrival of someone named Godot who never actually arrives. They are told that Godot will not arrive today but surely…

Editorial – Slow September

I’ve always felt that September is the slowest month of the year. You begin the month wishing the Summer goodbye, returning home after three months abroad or counting down the days until you return to college. As soon as you get back however, lecturers decide to snap you back down to earth with readings, assignments,…