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The Housing Disaster: Analysing Our Generation’s Defining Crisis

by Chloe O’Keefe – Editor at An Focal; Conor Capplis – Senior Reporter at The College Tribune; Paddy Henry – Editor at Student Independent News; Conor Brummell – News Editor at Student Independent News; Maeve McTaggert – News Editor at University Express Elisha Carey – Features Editor at University Express. Edited by Fiona Keeley – Editor at University Express. We are living in …


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Taken IV: Takeaway Pints

by Cian Dalton. Health Minister Stephen Donnelly was forced to withdraw his memo banning takeaway pints earlier this week after failing to garner enough support from Cabinet. Following videos surfacing online of large numbers and groups drinking takeaway pints on South William Street in Dublin, the Government acted swiftly and moved to ban takeaway pints altogether. The Health Minister was …


A Day in the Life: Student Nurses during the Pandemic

12-hour shifts, no pay. We are accustomed to hearing about the ongoing struggle faced by student nurses on placement in Ireland and the injustice done by the government to leave them very little financial support. This year, however, is bringing even greater strife, and that is the Covid-19 pandemic. Young men and women we see as our peers, close-friends and …

Coronavirus Vaccines: Here’s what we know

by Aoife O’Sullivan Early in the week American pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced that they had successfully manufactured a vaccine that was 90% effective in Stage 3 of the vaccine testing process. A week later, Moderna, another American company announced that they had developed a vaccine that is almost 95% effective, without needing to be stored at the extremely low temperatures …

Is Irish Rugby Leaning Too Heavily on Leinster’s Players?

With a new international competition deemed the “Autumn Nations Cup” taking place, is Andy Farrell’s squad relying too much on Leinster players, rather than picking up-and-coming athletes from the other three provinces? The cup will include England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, Italy, Fiji and Georgia. It is split into two pools of four countries, with Ireland being pooled into Group …

The Millennial Obsession: Fast Fashion, Thrifting and Environmentalism

by Ciara Mannion “OMG! I just bought this top from Pennies for only €2. I just couldn’t pass it up. I only saw it on sale recently. I am in love!!  #blessed # bargain #thankshunpennies” It is clear that millennial’s general obsession with fast fashion has risen to extraordinary measures in the last decade, to such an extent that it …

Things to consider when thinking of a Gap Year

by Caitriona Potter The Leaving Cert is a hectic time for Irish students across the country. The countless hours spent revising, stressing and debating all the opportunities ahead of you, may leave you feeling overwhelmed. A CAO decision that could potentially shape the rest of your life is no small feat. Perhaps you know the course you want and have …

An Focal Reads – Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan

Ava is a Dubliner living in Hong Kong, supporting herself by teaching English to primary school children. She struggles to open up to her fellow teachers and fails to make friends outside of her dysfunctional relationship with Julian and her potentially functional relationship with the busy Edith. Julian lets her live in his apartment rent free in an unacknowledged Friends …

Hurling Round-up: Limerick Still The Team To Beat, Tony Kelly Keeps Performing and More

What a weekend of hurling! Tony Kelly put away another insane personal score, scoring 1-15  of Clare’s 1-21 as they steamrolled Wexford and secured their place in next weeks All Ireland Quarter-Finals. In the other qualifier, Cork came close against Tipperary but ultimately fell short to last year’s champions. Richie Hogan performed a piece of magic when he came on, …

England v Ireland: Gulf Between Sides Evident in London

Irish players chased shadows around Wembley last night as England comfortably beat Stephen Kenny’s men 3-0. Two first-half goals from Harry Maguire and Jadon Sancho followed by a Dominic Calvert-Lewin penalty gave England the victory. Gareth Southgate can be pleased with his side’s performance – he probably knows that it was the easiest challenge they had faced in a while.  …