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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: What’s Bertie up to now? | Education, Politics, Brexit and More

Bertie Ahern served as Taoiseach from 1997-2008, having also served as Minister for Finance and Minister for Labour during his political career. He is currently Co-Chair of the InterAction Council of Former Heads of State and Government. The College Tribune’s…

EXCLUSIVE: Micheál Martin Interview | Universities “Under Significant Pressure”

Micheál Martin has been a TD for Cork South-Central since 1989. He is the current leader of Fianna Fáil and is currently in talks to form a Government with Fine Gael and The Green Party. The College Tribune’s Neil Stokes…

Road to Nowhere: Class of 2020 Pulls the Short Straw

The Class of 2020 may be remembered as the class of COVID-19, but the current pandemic should not be their only concern. Ireland’s newest graduates will enter an environmentally scarred world, with an economic model where the ideals that their…

No Pennies Saved: Ireland’s Failure to Fund Higher Education

There are issues in Irish politics that get more attention than others. It’s a sad reality of democracy – issues that get votes have money thrown their way and others, perhaps more important issues, are left to one side. The…

Student Issues in the Upcoming U.S. Election

With the presidential election fast approaching, American college students will be analysing the stances of each of the reaming candidates on issues which are of importance to them, in particular climate change and the cost of college. These issues also…

Pandemic Politics: Everything Else Is Out the Window

The Covid-19 pandemic and the preventative measures taken to stop its spread have had colossal effects on all aspects of our society. To many, it can feel like the world has come to a standstill. People are locked up in…

Every UCD Political Society on solving the Housing crisis

The housing crisis is a major issue in Irish politics. It is a topic that many UCD students are passionate about and the current crisis is affecting students all over Ireland. Sinn Féin were not available for comment. We asked…

COMMENT: Media Bias Skewed the General Election

The recent general election exposed many truths: Many are unsatisfied with current policies and want change. But something which received less clout in the weeks leading up to February 8th was the evident partisanship of one of the country’s most…

Government Formation XXXIII: The ‘Shinners’ Strike Back?

In any representative democracy government formation is often a complicated and painful process. However, the general election saw perhaps the most fundamental shift in Irish politics since the civil war. The traditional big parties of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael…

GE2020: Ireland’s Election of … Change?

Irish politics is entering a new phase after a dynamic election battle. Election 2020 was a divisive campaign which highlighted further destruction of the civil war parties’ duopoly and foreshadowed a fascinating decade in Irish politics.  This was a change…

Iowa Caucus Chaos

On Monday, February 3rd, Iowa was the first state to vote for a Democratic candidate for the upcoming US presidential election.  It is one of a handful of states which uses the archaic caucus system. This involves voters gathering in…

Brexitmania: Sure it’s only half time!

In the final party leaders debate of the 2020 general election, Leo Varadkar exclaimed ‘Brexit isn’t finished, it is only half time!’ This is a point made repeatedly by Fine Gael throughout the campaign. The statement is made again and…