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Opinion: Budget Blinded by Ideology

Budget 2018 proved to be a very underwhelming affair laced with ideology. With very limited scope for spending increases as a result of EU Fiscal rules, recent failures to hit tax revenue targets, and an ideological need in Fine Gael…

‘El Clasico’ of Political Dramas – Catalonian Independence

A roughly triangular region in Spain’s far north-east corner, Catalonia has been party to one of the most riveting independence battles in modern times. The whole of Europe watched on as extraordinary events unfolded in the Spanish province of Catalonia…

Petition Group Preparing for Impeachment Campaign

The petition to call a referendum to impeach UCD Student Union President Katie Ascough has today reached the required number of signatures to be considered by the SU Returning Officer Stephen Devine. If the petition is accepted then under article…

European State of the Union Explainer

Who is Jean-Claude Juncker? Jean-Claude Juncker is the former Prime Minister of Luxembourg and current president of the European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union (EU). This means he is nominally the President of the EU, but due…

Crisis in Myanmar: An Explainer

The Republic of the Union of Myanmar, also known as Burma, has once again been thrown into the spotlight of international scrutiny in recent weeks, with violence flaring up in the Western region of Rakhine. The predominantly Buddhist state in…

Where do Political Parties Stand on the 8th Amendment?

The 8th Amendment and its future in the Constitution has been the most divisive political issue in Ireland for years. While there now appears to be a broad consensus across political parties that change is needed, the exact nature of…

What’s Going On In North Korea?

North Korea has once more found itself in the news for threatening its neighbours mainly by conducting missile tests. As of Sunday the 3rd of September it conducted its 6th test of a nuclear weapon. This represents a complex situation…

UCD’s Political Societies face off in Mock Dáil over Water Charges

  UCD’s political party societies faced off against one another in a ‘Mock Dáil’ organised jointly by the political party societies and the Commerce and Economics society on Tuesday last week. The annual debate was held in the Fitzgerald Chamber….

New Legislation set for Gender Recognition for Trans Teenagers

Legislation is set to be introduced in the Seanad in the coming weeks which will seek to ease the processes of gender recognition for Trans teenagers. The bill is proposed by Senator Fintan Warfield and won cross-party support and was…

Trump’s Social Media Serves to Distract from the Harsh Reality in Washington

  American journalist Bret Stephens recently revealed that only 17% of young people aged 18-24 read a newspaper daily. Stephen’s article, ‘Don’t Dismiss President Trump’s Attacks on the Media as Mere Stupidity’ was written for Time Magazine. The statistic highlighted…

Positive Moves Towards Injection Clinics Highlights Public Attitude Change on Ireland’s Drug Policy

News broke in January this year that Dáil Éireann would debate the impending introduction of drug consumption centres, similar to those seen in parts of Germany, Switzerland and Australia. While critics of the programme highlight its flaws, the concept and…

USI Criticise Bus Éireann Strikes Disruption for Students

An estimated 100,000 people are set to be affected by Bus Éireann workers decision to engage in industrial action which was announced late last Thursday evening. Striking began on Friday 24th, with the decision coming as management at Bus Éireann…