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Opinion

The debacle of power

November 15, 2017

Power is capable of creating lunacy. Our own history echoes this. Ireland’s rocky relationship with the church is a vocal point of people of power taking advantage of those they believe they have control over. The similarities are eerie.

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RTE’s newest recruits

November 15, 2017

Women shouldn’t have to beg for jobs because ‘women can do it too’, they should just be given it on merit, not because they are a woman.

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Will #MeToo make a difference?

November 1, 2017

While the hashtag may not lead to any convictions, one thing it does is spread awareness of the issue and help victims feel less alone.

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Opinion

Two Sides of Cultural Appropriation

November 1, 2017

David Kelly: This is nonsense No more Halloween, kids. Nowadays, people aren’t interested in what to dress up as, but what not to dress up as. A slew of articles have been released that explain

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Is Ireland facing a secular future?

October 25, 2017

With the numbers of Catholics on the decline it seems Ireland is on the way to facing a secular future, the percentage who identified as Catholic on the census falling from 84.2 percent in 2011 to 78.3 percent in 2016. There has also been a corresponding rise in the number of those with no religion, growing by 73.6 percent. Those with no religion now accounting for 10 percent of the population compared to 6% five years ago.

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Weinstein is the tip of the iceberg

October 25, 2017

The real question is, will this merely be a case of calling out one person who is only at the top of a very tall ladder and resorting to turning a blind eye once again to the issue within the industry, as with the cases of Jimmy Saville and Bill Crosby.

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Mullen shows hypocrisy of anti-choice rhetoric.

October 25, 2017

Just look at accusations of bullying being levelled at the democratic campaign to impeach the UCD student’s union President, or unsubstantiated claims that pro-life events were cancelled by hotels after threats by pro-choice campaigners.

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The crisis in student accommodation continues

October 18, 2017

This applies to the accommodation in the DCU St. Patrick’s campus in particular. The annual rent for a bedroom on St Patrick’s College campus is €5,238 per year, which is paid in two installments. However many students have claimed that despite the rise in price of accommodation there is no improvements in living conditions in the facility.

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Thirteen Billion reasons why

October 18, 2017

Essentially over the last decade the Irish government have given Apple an unfair tax advantage. While everybody else has to pay their dues Apple have been allowed to pay less in taxes, so much less that this number has accumulated to €13 billion.

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Should the UCD SU President be impeached?

October 11, 2017

In having the magazine reprinted, Ascough cost the student body €8,000 – the maximum fine for publishing such information is €4,000. Barry Murphy, UCD SU’s Campaigns and Communications Officer, alleged how difficult the Repeal campaign had been to run with Ascough as President and told the University Observer of disagreements with her over the repeal budget and class reps and “showed discomfort” with the placement of UCD for Choice in the Freshers’ tent.

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Should Hugh Hefner really be idolised?

October 11, 2017

Those who brand Hefner as a ‘legend’ or ‘icon’ may say that he deserves our admiration because of his campaigns for contraception, abortion and the sexual revolution. Purely based on those facts, I agree, as those are all necessary elements of a contemporary world. It shouldn’t be forgotten that Hefner was a hedonist- he believed in dominating life in pleasures. Abortion and contraception are the mere ingredients that helped him live this hedonistic life as carefree as possible.

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Is free education our only hope?

October 11, 2017

We need to look at countries like Germany and Sweden who offer free third level education which mean equal opportunity for all citizens. The graduates who benefit from the free education system differ from Ireland’s graduates because they leave third level education in a comfortable and safe financial position and can therefore contribute to the growing economy from a much earlier age.

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University and other options

October 4, 2017

Not everybody is academically minded and that should not be a problem. We shouldn’t be pushing the idea that going to university is the superior option. It should just be an option.

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Does religion have a place in the classroom?

October 4, 2017

Teachers and anyone who can look back to their times in second and sixth class know how the First Confession, the First Holy Communion and the Confirmation dominate the classroom with the teachers running round like headless chickens trying to ensure that everything is prepared for the approaching deadline.

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Building a non-sectarian generation

April 5, 2017

Following the death of former deputy First Minister in Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness earlier this month, Bríon Hoban discusses possibilities for the generations to come.