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E.T. Probe Home?! The Co-vid testing scandal

Due to a severe shortage of Covid tests, some patients opted for strange measures.  The Covid testing site based deep in the Courtown forest, was just one of many strange consequences of the Coronavirus crisis, and gained national news coverage, as the Irish public entered phase two of restrictions. These scam testing sites popped up all across the country, bringing plenty of tourism to previously unheard-of villages, such as Moon Coin.

Free College Courses to Upskill Workers Post-Pandemic | Government Stimulus Plan

Measures to stimulate job creation and upskilling of workers announced today by the government include subsidies for employers, thousands of new places in Further and Higher Education courses and an expansion of employment support schemes. Simon Harris, Minister for Further…

Conway-Walsh: Sinn Féin Higher Education Spokesperson on “Unsustainable” Model | Interview

On the 22nd of July, Rose Conway-Walsh, Sinn Féin TD and opposition spokesperson on Higher Education, Innovation, and Science, spoke with The College Tribune on a number of ongoing student topics. The interview began with the matter of government funding….

OPINION: UCD Sport and Fitness Need To Do More To Guard Against COVID.

UCD simply is not doing enough to protect staff and gym users in the Student Centre. Doing anything at the moment is a risk, however, UCD gyms have a duty to minimise that risk for those who use it. Right…

Mandatory Face Coverings Campus | Government Releases Health Guidance for Universities

The Department of Education published the ‘Practical Guidance for Further and Higher Education for Returning to On-Site Education in 2020’ on July 22nd, providing third-level institutions with protocols to follow regarding a 2-metre physical-distancing boundary to be maintained, recommendations of…

Government Announces Further and Higher Education Re-Opening Roadmap

In a publication issued by the Irish government on the 22nd of July, the Department of Higher and Further Education has confirmed that there will be a gradual return to on-site education and training. The restrictions on research and development…

BREAKING: Two-Metre Distancing Next Year to Significantly Reduce In-Person Learning in Irish Universities

A two-metre social distancing rule will be put into effect on university campuses that re-open this autumn. The two-metre rule, advised by the State’s National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) to stop the spread of Covid-19, is at odds with…

Harris Secures €168 million to Support Higher Education Response to Pandemic

A €168 million support package for Further and Higher Education institutions and students has been secured by Minister for Further & Higher Education, Research, Innovation & Science, Simon Harris. The package was announced on Wednesday morning (22nd of July) by…

Life on Campus in September: What We Know So Far

Life at University College Dublin will be remarkably unusual for students in the upcoming academic year, as staff, lecturers, clubs, societies, and the government try to implement new public health restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is everything we…

No Disadvantage Policy ‘Advisory and Not Mandatory’, says UCD School of Law

Despite University College Dublin’s (UCD) and the Students’ Union’s (SU) claim that no students, particularly final year students, would be left disadvantaged by the implications of COVID-19, some students have exited college with below expected grades. One such student, who…

Harris Seeking €100 million Relief Fund for Universities

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, has announced he is seeking a €100 million relief fund for the third-level sector to soften the immediate financial fallout of COVID-19 on universities’ balance sheets. The relief…

STI Clinics Should Reopen Alongside Country, says ACT UP

The sexual health advocacy organization ACT UP Dublin has called on Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly to accelerate the reopening of public STI clinics in Ireland, which have been closed to most services since March. While centres never completely closed,…