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Dublin’s Rental Housing Crisis Perpetuated by Lack of Political Action

The housing and accommodation crisis that has engulfed Dublin continues to worsen, thanks to the lack of any decisive political action. Rent levels have shot up repeatedly as the capital is undergoing a renewed spike in property values. The result…

Conflict of ‘New’ and ‘Old’ Politics to Define Landscape of Next General Election

The Irish political landscape in the run up to the 2016 General Election is one defined by a tension between change and continuity. For the first time since the foundation of the state, the general election will not resemble an…

Female Leaders Make Progressive Charge Towards Westminster

The seven-way UK leaders debate, hosted by ITV on 2nd April, gave regional and smaller party leaders the opportunity to take to the stage to debate beside the Westminster big guns. Accompanying Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon in this…

Northern Irish Unionist Parties Agree Electoral Pact

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) have made an agreement aimed at securing votes in the upcoming General Election. The pact will see the two largest unionist parties support a single candidate across the six…

SmartVote: A New Online Initiative to Reconnect Young People and Politics

The participation of young people in Irish politics has been in critical decline over recent years. One third of people aged from 18 to 25 are not even registered to vote, and the turnout from those who are is characteristically…

Lowry issues complaint over “not bad looking” note’s leak

A formal complaint has been lodged by Independent TD Michael Lowry concerning how a note he sent to the Taoiseach came to be in the public sphere. Last Wednesday the High Court was informed of the complaint by Mr Lowry’s…

Government Response to Constitutional Convention Reforms Amounts to Empty Political Lip Service

The fourth and final report from the Constitutional Convention on political reform in Ireland quietly passed through the Dáil this November with an ambiguity that broached apathy. The manner in which the government swept the Convention’s submissions through an almost…

Unemployment figures falling but youth unemployment on the rise

The Central Statistics Office reported that the number of people signed onto the Live Register has dropped over the last month.   It reported that the amount of people claiming unemployment benefit dropped slightly by 3, remedy 600. Currently there are 360,…

Referendum to take place on UCDSU constitution

Among the votes taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday is a vote to rewrite the current UCDSU constitution. Arts convenor Conor Rock, healing who is leading the campaign for a yes vote, try sat down with the College Tribune to…

Marriage Equality Referendum Not Won Yet

Later this year, the Irish people will go to the polls to decide whether or not to include the following piece of text to their constitution: “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as…

First Opinion Poll of 2015 show wins for Government and Marriage Equality

A recent political phone poll has been performed on behalf  RTÉ’s Sean O’Rourke Programme. The Paddy Power/Red C survey, thumb which was conducted earlier in the week, shows some interesting developments and changing attitudes toward certain political groups.  The poll…

USI Warns a May Date for Marriage Equality Referendum Will Harm Student Turnout

The date for the upcoming and much anticipated Marriage Equality referendum has been signalled for May 2015, cialis and already the debate as to what exact day to hold the referendum is being contested. The precise date this government chooses…