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Diarmuid Burke

The End Of “Ireland’s Biggest Private Party”?

Another year comes to an end and as ever we open with a story about the UCD Ball, however this time it’s not to go through the list of one hit pop stars and underwhelming dance acts booked, but rather…

Fight for “Conscience Clause” Set To Become Heated In Near Future

Outside the GPO last Sunday hundreds turned out to commemorate the beginning of Amnesty Ireland’s “Let’s Make History” campaign calling for a Yes vote in the upcoming referendum on Same Sex Marriage. Among the arguments made by the speakers at…

SU Election Interviews: Cian Aherne, Presidential Candidate

Third year Actuarial and Financial Studies student Cian Aherne is one of four people hoping to be elected as UCDSU President this week. A member of several societies and also a class rep, doctor Aherne is standing on an ambitious…

SU Election Interviews: Marcus O’Halloran, Presidential Candidate

Fourth Year Agricultural Science student Marcus O’Halloran is optimistic about the influence that someone coming in from outside can have on UCDSU:  “I think my biggest asset is that I haven’t been in the Union like all the other candidates….

Lowry issues complaint over “not bad looking” note’s leak

A formal complaint has been lodged by Independent TD Michael Lowry concerning how a note he sent to the Taoiseach came to be in the public sphere. Last Wednesday the High Court was informed of the complaint by Mr Lowry’s…

Government Response to Constitutional Convention Reforms Amounts to Empty Political Lip Service

The fourth and final report from the Constitutional Convention on political reform in Ireland quietly passed through the Dáil this November with an ambiguity that broached apathy. The manner in which the government swept the Convention’s submissions through an almost…

Unemployment figures falling but youth unemployment on the rise

The Central Statistics Office reported that the number of people signed onto the Live Register has dropped over the last month.   It reported that the amount of people claiming unemployment benefit dropped slightly by 3, remedy 600. Currently there are 360,…

Referendum to take place on UCDSU constitution

Among the votes taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday is a vote to rewrite the current UCDSU constitution. Arts convenor Conor Rock, healing who is leading the campaign for a yes vote, try sat down with the College Tribune to…

UCDSU gears up for Marriage Equality Referendum

While the UCD Students’ Union is nominally in favour of supporting marriage equality, prostate the organisation currently holds no mandate to actively campaign on the issue. For this reason UCDSU LGBT Officer Sam Blackensee and UCDSU Gender Equality Officer Grace…

Marriage Equality Referendum Not Won Yet

Later this year, the Irish people will go to the polls to decide whether or not to include the following piece of text to their constitution: “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as…

First Opinion Poll of 2015 show wins for Government and Marriage Equality

A recent political phone poll has been performed on behalf  RTÉ’s Sean O’Rourke Programme. The Paddy Power/Red C survey, thumb which was conducted earlier in the week, shows some interesting developments and changing attitudes toward certain political groups.  The poll…

Fianna Fáil Struggling with Gender Quotas Ahead of 2016 Election

Looming large on the Irish political horizon is the next General Election, health falling at the latest in April 2016.  This General Election brings with it a new rule for the nation’s political parties: they must ensure that 30% of…