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“Disappointed but not surprised”

The actions of a barrister in the recent “Cork rape trial” has caused uproar across the country.   A seventeen-year-old girl was in court, facing her attacker when a defence lawyer referred to the underwear she was wearing on the night of her rape.   “Does the evidence out-rule the possibility that she was attracted to the defendant and was open …


Stables’ annual “Christmas Days” event cancelled

There will be no “Christmas Days” event in The Stables Club or The Scholars Club this year.   The campus bars made the announcement in Facebook posts yesterday due to concerns over students’ safety.   The annual “Christmas Days” event traditionally runs over two days every November, where Stables serve a traditional Christmas dinner.   The post also stated that …

ULSL Hand Out Counter Flyers On Direct Provision Facts

UL Student Life have started handing out flyers this week about ‘the facts’ surrounding direct provision.   The flyers are in response to similar flyers handed out by Aramark, the catering company who run most food outlets on campus, two weeks ago.   The company’s role in direct provision has come under scrutiny from UL students in recent weeks with …

Letter to the Editor: International Men’s Day

As a daughter, a big sister, a little sister and a friend, I felt compelled to write something for International Men’s Day. Much of this year has been about focusing on women’s issues, and these conversations are important and long overdue. It is right that we as women are angry and calling for change, but while it is a man’s …

The use of study drugs is on the rise – what’s the solution?

Some of us know a friend of a friend, who has a prescription. Maybe some of the lads you know have a black market contact. But if you want them, you can get ‘em. The most commonly used ‘study drugs’ in universities in Ireland the UK are Modafinil and Ritalin. The brand name of Ritalin is Concerta.  It’s a powerful …

Is it time to move away from Victoria Secret?

Girls and women these days are constantly subjected to expectations of how their body is supposed to look. For most, these expectations are completely unattainable, and yet when we don’t conform to these expectations we feel inadequate. Issues with self esteem and body confidence are some of the major contributors to depression and lack of self worth in young women. …

“Game of Thrones meets Celtic Ireland” – UL Drama Soc Debut Second Year’s Original Production

SCUM of the Heavens is a play as unique as its name. Described as “Game of Thrones meets Celtic Ireland” by director/writer Conor Clohessy, there are oracles and kingdoms, a clash of religious faiths and forbidden romance, a broken family and betrayal. Clohessy pays tribute to his heritage by using Irish mythology as the inspiration for his play. The play …