Opinion

Living in Dublin: a luxurious cost

April 4, 2018

The sad reality is, student accommodations have the power to do this. They take advantage of vulnerable families and students who are forced to pay this money so they have a roof over their heads for the year.

Opinion

Are vigilante paedophile hunters hidden heroes?

March 21, 2018

Callum Lavery: vigilante groups are unjustifiable Let’s get one thing straight first – I fully support the punishment of anyone who feels it is justifiable to corrupt the innocence of children. While I do understand

Opinion

Age is just a number

March 21, 2018

I found defence inside a shell. In three years I rarely took a day off, I am lucky, my husband has been my fall guy. I was not sure year two would happen.

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Opinion

Are award ceremonies a place for politics?

March 14, 2018

If they don’t speak out on important topics, they’re criticised. If they do, they face backlash. Presenter and controversial Twitter user Piers Morgan described Meryl Streep’s anti-Trump speech as “hypocrisy”, but many others praised her words. They can’t win and they can’t lose.

Opinion

Are same-sex schools better than mixed schools?

March 14, 2018

Same sex schools can often make it harder for people to learn how interact with the opposite gender. It may make it difficult for students when they go into a work place, be it part time or full time to interact with the opposite gender.

Opinion

Is Irishness enough to maintain us as a significant player in Europe?

March 7, 2018

With the fallout from Brexit we sneer at Britain and bolster our own sense of national pride, but it is easy to overlook our own selfish approach to Europe’s resources. As a nation we love to be loved. The “best fans in the world”, our culture and history is celebrated across the globe, just friendly rogues out for the craic.

Opinion

A new beginning for a new Irish generation

March 7, 2018

But the Government cannot be faulted for their efforts in creating a new Ireland. For young people in Ireland, this plan is almost like a stand of confidence in the country most of us will probably consider leaving in the next few years.

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Opinion

The impact of gender-neutral bathrooms

March 7, 2018

The idea of gender neutral bathrooms is for inclusion and equality, the idea that everybody, no matter your gender, can do their business in a place they feel safe and comfortable.

Opinion

Microaggressions: Why everybody is a little racist

February 28, 2018

Racial microaggressions are subtle forms of prejudice come from assumptions that are based on stereotypes. Which is why I firmly believe that in some way or the other everyone is intentionally or unintentionally racist.

Opinion

The fight for gun control

February 28, 2018

The students of Stoneman Douglas High have taken to social media in a show of unity and strength to condemn the ‘condolences’ expressed to them from Trump and other lawmakers. Instead, they are demanding action on gun reform to protect them in their own schools.

Opinion

The fight to vote

February 21, 2018

To make our country truly democratic, it is natural to argue that our registration system needs to come up to speed.

Opinion

The expense of experience for students

February 21, 2018

As students we’re constantly told that we are the future of whatever industry we’re looking to get in to and that our work should be valued, but how can we believe that when we’re also told that we may have to work for free?

Opinion

What’s the real meaning of Valentine’s Day?

February 14, 2018

Shouldn’t we be appreciating these people in our lives every day of the year and not just the one specific day just because we can write it in a pretty card and buy some flowers?

Opinion

Paedophile hunters; unprofessionals or unsung heroes?

February 14, 2018

For as long as the internet and chat rooms have existed, so have predators who have utilised it to get access to children and while the concept of vigilante predator hunters seem to be a fairly new phenomenon it can be traced back from as far as the early 2000’s.

Opinion

The Good Friday ban, a modern approach or a loss of identity?

February 7, 2018

Pubs only close these two days a year and as part of Irish culture, this trend has been here for all of our lives, with this ban being lifted we are becoming more modern but at the same time it has to be asked, are we losing a part of our identity?

Opinion

The danger of normality

February 7, 2018

It’s no secret that young people are incredibly impressionable, especially young girls. With the growing dominance of social media in young people’s lives, influencers need to recognise this as they are a big part of young people’s lives. These photoshopped images have a lasting impression on young people, they see these images and perceive them as normal.

Opinion

The road to eradication of drink driving

December 6, 2017

The RSA and An Garda Síochána launched their annual Christmas and New Year’s Road Safety campaign last week in an effort to combat the amount of traffic accidents that are alcohol related at Christmas. However, they also said that alcohol is a contributory factor in 38% of fatal crashes in the lead up to Christmas.