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.

Opinion

Keep your tweets to yourself

November 29, 2017

People are powerful behind screens and sympathy is non-existent. Political leaders and influencers wouldn’t make similar statements if the social media age was non-existent so it shouldn’t be so common for them to be made today so casually.

Opinion

Leo’s homelessness comments show a lack of sympathy

November 29, 2017

Varadkar’s comments like Gleeson’s shows his misunderstanding of the issue, his disinterest in the problem, his aloofness to lower class issues. His overall classism and elitism, as members of the Simon community and rival politicians have already pointed out.

Opinion

The crackdown on learner drivers

November 29, 2017

The numbers of deaths are staggering and the government need to think of an effective way to fix this issue, in a way which isn’t so harsh

Articles

Does privilege triumph talent?

November 29, 2017

Nepotism is a very, very real concept and it’s incredibly frightening. For creatives, it’s a death wish- it prioritises potential contacts and attention over people who really love their job and have a true talent.

Opinion

The 12 months of Christmas

November 22, 2017

Christmas is meant to be the most magical time of the year but sometimes it feels like the most stressful time of the year.

Opinion

Should zero-hour contracts be abolished?

November 22, 2017

The problem with these contracts is security or lack of it which is fair. It is hard to expect people to function under these conditions. But does an all-out ban mean nothing but positives for employees around the country. It begs the question will employers now offer sable contracts or just let more staff go and take on 2 permanent part time staff in the future.

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.

Opinion

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.

Opinion

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.

Opinion

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.

Opinion

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.