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34% of Irish Secondary School Students Engaging in Sexting by the Time They Reach 6th Year

A new report today has suggested that Irish secondary school students are 30% more likely to engage in sexting when they reach senior cycle (5th-6th year) compared to when they first enter junior cycle (1st-3rd year). The report which was…

The Snowballing Effect: Consequences of the UCD Exam System on Veterinary Students

Snow is something we lose our minds over in Ireland once every few years. A few snowflakes, a few inches or a few feet and we become hysterical. Schools close and the country comes to a standstill, as it did…

Talk Is Cheap: The Importance of Communication in the 8th Amendment Debate

Author Stephen Covey once said that “most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” These communication problems have only been amplified with the onset of the social media age, where the…

The Needs of Society: Suicide and Unemployment

Suicide has long been associated with unemployment. Becoming unemployed generally encompasses many aggravating events. These events may be the anxiety of the anticipation of a job loss, the inevitable hunt for a new job, and the build-up to a new…

What Does It Mean to be a Man Today?

International Men’s Day takes place on November 19th each year. This year, the UCD Student’s Union has made a conscious effort to celebrate the day. The objectives of International Men’s Day are to promote positive masculinity and gender equality as…

Education Leads to Better Health

Education plays a huge role in impacting health outcomes. This essay aims to outline how education is interrelated to health outcomes in terms of obesity, life expectancy, infant mortality and mental health. It will discuss how the better educated in…

Childhood Obesity: The Role of Primary Schools

Childhood obesity is a problem in society like any other, although it is not just a passive epidemic. Like most issues there is a cause and effect relationship. Over the course of a child’s life between 4 and 12 years…

Babies in Ireland Have Increasing Addictions to Class A Drugs

Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs in the world with even one dose leading to addiction. The numbers of Irish heroin addicts have sharply increased with 650 new injectors being listed at the needle exchange services in Dublin…

The SAVI Report: A Student Issue

In 2002, a report was published in Ireland called Sexual Abuse and Violence (SAVI). It was a groundbreaking report funded by Atlantic Philanthropies which documented the vast scale of sexual violence experienced by over 3,000 adults in relation to age…

Why #MeToo Matters

The #metoo campaign was a campaign that happened in the wake of the Weinstein allegations about his decades of harassment and assault of women In Hollywood. It was a campaign to show the prevalence of such harassment, but in the…

Erasmus Part 2: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

A friend of mine once told me about this fact about London; ‘if you’re tired of London, you’re tired of life’. From my experience of London so far, this is proven to be very much the case. London mirrors life…

Erasmus? Go, Go Groningen!

Going on exchange to another country is an opportunity not to be missed. Even though going away to Asia or Australia may be your dream exchange spot, it isn’t always financially feasible. That’s where the Erasmus program comes in. With…