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Government ‘Student Housing Officer’ Not Responsible for UCD Students

The government’s new Student Housing Officer will not be responsible for UCD students, Annie Hoey President of the Union of Students in Ireland  has confirmed. Last week the government announced that as part of their overall housing strategy they would…

UCD Main Restaurant Company Caters for Direct Provision Centres

The catering company that runs the Main Restaurant in UCD it can be revealed also provides catering services to several Direct Provision asylum centres across Ireland. Aramark Catering Ltd is a US company that has branches in 22 countries; the…

The Parish Pump Politics Paradox: In Defense of Localism

At the time of going to print the votes of the 2016 General Election are being counted across the country. The election campiagn was for many a short and dull affair, the national real-politik focused not on key issues but…

Leaked Blackboard Data Reveals Extent of Information Available to Staff

The cross-section between the expanding reach of the Internet and the erosion of personal privacy has been well documented as more and more of our lives are being lived out on the proxy of our online self. The amount of…

A Republic of Equals and the Legacy of the 1916 Rising

Wherever green is worn, are changed, changed utterly: A terrible beauty is born. These are not just the words of a W.B. Yeats poem ‘1916’ that I was forced to dissect for the Leaving Cert. They are statement of the…

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200 in Facebook Chat Sharing & Rating Photos of Girls

It is believed a private Facebook groupchat with as many as 200 members is active among male students in UCD, in which members share and rate stories and pictures of girls they have slept with. The revelation is the most…

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Social Democrats Election Manifesto Prioritises Public Investment and €1000 Reduction in Student Fees

The Social Democrats launched their general election manifesto ‘Building a Better Future 2016-2026’ at the steps of the GPO today. The pillars of their platform are an increased investment in public services, a reduction in the cost of living, serious…

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US Race Relations Campus Protests Shows Up Lack of Irish Student Mobilisation

The United States has been witness to an outbreak of student protests across college campuses over the charged issue of race relations. Student activism is not a recent phenomenon in the US; protests, boycotts, and student movements have been part…

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Funding Higher Education: Ógra FF Propose Student Loans Scheme and an Increase in Fees to €5000

The unsustainability of the current higher education funding model will become further strained with the demographic increase in third level students projected in the coming years. The Cassell’s expert group on higher education is expected to report on the options…

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Brazilian Supreme Court rules Government and Petrobas Implicit in Twenty Billion Euro Fraud

Last week Brazil’s Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Dilma Rousseff’s governing Workers Party manipulated its books in 2014 to hide massive fraudulent activity through the semistate oil giant Petrobras SA to the tune of more than twenty billion euro. It…

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UCD Socialist Workers and Amnesty International Societies Protest Against Irish Refugee Policy

The UCD Socialist Workers Student Society and UCD Amnesty International came together on Tuesday October 13th outside the Student Centre to host a demonstration protesting Ireland’s disappointing reaction to the refugee crisis. Ireland’s response has been laboured in shouldering our…

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SmartVote Claims Elevator Award at Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Ceremony

The Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awards are held to accredit the brightest new ideas in Ireland each year, and the Elevator Award is set up to help these start-ups advance and reach the next level. The Elevator award winners this year…