Opinion

Criticise those running for positions of power

March 20, 2019

More criticism of SU candidates and officers should be vocalised about their proposals and how suited they are to the roles. If we all sit back and regard candidates as just students trying to do their best, however true this may be, a popularity contest can instead prevail.

Opinion

The pros and canines of buying or adopting a dog

March 20, 2019

By adopting, you aren’t supporting puppy farms, you can get almost any breed and you’re helping to keep the unwanted pet population down. You open up a space in the shelter that can be filled by another future pet.

Opinion

Stop calling people junkies

March 20, 2019

We simply don’t understand addiction. Labeling is our cosy blanket of ignorance that protects from the cold reality. Addiction is a sickness. It’s a reaction to pain, to abuse and to loneliness.

Opinion

The psychoanalysis of porn culture and trends

March 20, 2019

Blindboy was asked by a crowd member: “how much masturbation is too much?” He replied that there is no definitive amount, rather, like anything that’s addictive, it depends on your relationship with the thing. How is it impacting your life?

Opinion

The importance of speaking to journalists

March 20, 2019

When sources decide to keep quiet, to ignore the email, leave the call unanswered or miss the coffee date, journalists are unable to share their side of the story. A fresh perspective and a piece of the puzzle is suddenly missing.

Opinion

Trans athletes should not be banned from powerlifting

March 6, 2019

People don’t transition for glory in sports. If that was the case, wouldn’t it be easier to just impersonate a woman than to go through the extensive process of hormone replacement therapy for several years?

Opinion

The power of students protesting climate change

March 6, 2019

Many of today’s adults won’t have to worry about what’s happening in about 50 years time. It is my generation, Greta’s generation and the future generations who will suffer the consequences.

Opinion

Stop putting Conor McGregor on a pedestal

March 6, 2019

Young males in particular tend to look up to Conor McGregor. Many draw inspiration from his beard, blazers or tattoos and he is certainly a man who helps determine Irish fashion. But what if young boys start to copy his aggressive behaviour or his lack of respect for women?

Opinion

Danger, high voltage: the sex-bot scare

February 20, 2019

The cause for concern comes when as of now, with more and more money being poured into this form of artificial intelligence when possible ethical and societal ramifications get neglected.

Opinion

The dark side of posting online

February 20, 2019

Adults can or should be able to tell the difference between what is right and wrong and strive to only share appropriate content without the threat of the law or the offer of a carrot but it is the youngest members of our society that are the most susceptible to the dark side of social media.

Opinion

The ethical ambiguity of awareness challenges

February 20, 2019

In choosing this kind of challenge as opposed to handing your platforms over, there is a missed opportunity to share the spotlight with the people you’re trying to help and give a voice to. Share your platforms, pass the mic.

Opinion

Ghosting: heartless or harmless?

February 6, 2019

Ghosting, for those who have not experienced it, is when someone who you believe is interested and cares about you ends a relationship by disappearing from contact without any explanation. No goodbye phone call, or

Opinion

The self-driving car conundrum

February 6, 2019

The idea that self-driving cars are a new danger on roads already carrying cars, cyclists, public transport and pedestrians is a preposterous notion. Fortunately, it is being used less and less as an excuse to

Opinion

Students deserve to be paid for their time

February 6, 2019

Unpaid internships are an unjust way of separating those who can afford to work for free and those who need to pay rent. They should not be legal and offer an unfair advantage to those

Opinion

Gender quotas are not the answer to any problem

December 12, 2018

Gender quotas are sexist and cynical. They are predicated on the idea that the only reason women are underrepresented in a certain field is because of gender. Not only that, they assume that women need

Opinion

Controversial Iceland ad did more good than harm

December 12, 2018

A few weeks ago, uproar was caused after the frozen food supermarket, Iceland, dropped their Christmas advert on Facebook and other social media platforms. Note, dropped online, not on television. This is because the organisation

Opinion

The troubles of toxic masculinity

December 12, 2018

Irish society has become better at discussing mental health issues. However, men across the country are still suffering and are largely being ignored. Last year, men accounted for 79 per cent of suicide deaths last