Opinion

A more progressive Ireland: fantasy or reality

April 17, 2019

Recent referendums for abortion and less recently gay marriage make it seem like Ireland is stepping in the right direction, and away from its staunch Catholic roots, Sally Dobie asks has enough really changed?

Opinion

Tattoos are not an indicator of the person beneath

April 3, 2019

I didn’t think that tattoos should cause me to be judged as a person, especially in the workplace. Having been in professional settings, I have always felt uncomfortable having my tattoos on show for fear of being thought less of as a person.

Opinion

The importance of sports for young people

April 3, 2019

Group exercises and assignments in school and university never truly showed me the value of co-operation whereas in sport, its importance was abundantly clear.

Opinion

Do all trolls have sadistic tendencies?

April 3, 2019

Trolls and sadists derive pleasure from the pain of others. However, they engage in a psychological rationalisation process to justify this pleasure to themselves. When shown pictures of individuals in pain, trolls will downplay that pain to rationalise their sadistic tendencies.  

Opinion

Let’s talk about sex (education) baby

April 3, 2019

Much like mental health and other difficult topics to discuss, Irish education has brushed sex education under the rug for the most part. Contraception was illegal in Ireland until 1980, but that was nearly 40 years ago. Times have changed and we need to keep up.  

Opinion

Has hazing culture in Ireland reached new heights?

April 3, 2019

Most college students have heard whisperings of certain societies in various colleges getting up to no good. There are plenty of these societies throughout Ireland with reputations, renowned for partying or questionable behaviour, but far too often these things go overlooked.

Opinion

DCUSU should stay linked to the USI

April 3, 2019

DCUSU President Vito Moloney Burke previously argued that the USI did not step up to the plate in campaigns they were running such as Shanowen Shakedown and Save Our Shepherd.

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.