Features, Politics, Sports

The Best Athletes Turned Politicians

By: Mike Finnerty Athletes and politicians are alike in a lot of ways. They’re always under tremendous pressure, if they do something wrong they never hear the end of it, and occasionally they show moments of either inspired genius or baffling ineptitude. Here’s our list of the best athletes who turned their hand to politics. Jack Lynch Sporting life: 6 …


News, Politics

New Student Life President, Welfare and Academic Officers Elected

By: Mike Finnerty This year’s Sabbatical Officers election campaign has ended, and within the last hour, news has broken that the trio of Jack Scanlan, Serena Hare and Colin Lynch have won the vote. The trio campaigned on a platform of sweeping medical and practical changes through campus. Newly-elected Student Life President Jack Scanlan campaigned on a number of issues, …


Student Life Host Election Hustings Ahead Of Thursday Vote

By Shannon Sweeney The Jean Monet theatre hosted the Student Union election hustings last night. The event, chaired by Declan Mills, was an opportunity for students find out about the candidates for the Student Life offices before voting day. Welfare candidate Serena Hare says it’s important for students to use their vote. “Whoever you vote for, it’s your choice but …

Iraq War Casts Psychological Shadow For UL Masters Student

For many, the Iraq war seems million of miles away. For others,it rages on in their memories.By Kate Devaney It was a normal September day. The summer was ending, the children were going back to school. Some people still lay in bed, their day yet to start. For others, their life would end and the day’s date would forever be …

Why “Threads” Is Still Relevant in 2019

By: Michael Finnerty In the last week, Russia has joined the United States in dismantling the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, signed in 1987. It was seen as one of the major factors in hastening the demise of the Cold War, after a series of near-scares and heightened tensions in the early 1980s. Playing off the shoulder of this was Threads, …

UL Defends Contract with Aramark but ULSL will continue to Urge the University to Terminate it

The University of Limerick have defended its stance to contract Aramark according to an article in the Irish Independent today. A spokesman for the university told the paper it was aware of student concerns and had raised the issues with Aramark. They defended their University of Sanctuary status stating they offer those living in Direct Provision a chance to go …

We stand with those in direct provision – who do you stand with? – An Open Letter to UL President Des Fitzgerald

It was in a “spirit of welcome” that the University of Limerick sought recognition as a University of Sanctuary. That’s according to the UL website, which also states the university “will become a key driver in raising awareness of particular issues impacting on the lives of refugees and asylum seekers as well as promoting a spirit of inclusion and welcome …

Aramark hand out flyers to UL Students on their link to Direct Provision

Yesterday, Aramark handed out flyers to UL students about their link to direct provision   The catering company who run most food outlets on campus were handing out flyers with ‘The Facts’ on campus. An Focal’s front page this month focuses on UL Student Life’s campaign to end direct provision, highlighting Aramark’s contribution to Munster’s direct provision centres. A distributor …

Response to Peter Casey

When I first heard presidential candidate Peter Casey’s comments on the Traveller community I was disappointed, but not surprised. I am a young Traveller man from Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. Ballinasloe is renowned for having a strong Traveller population. I have witnessed both discrimination of Travellers by the settled community and the exploitation of the settled community by the Travelling community …

Taoiseach encourages a ‘Yes’ vote in the upcoming referendum

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar discussed the referendum after an Ireland 2040 briefing in the University of Limerick on Friday the 13th of April. Mr Leo Varadkar encouraged the electorate to vote yes in the upcoming referendum on the 8th amendment. After the conference, the Taoiseach said that repealing the 8th amendment would allow a termination up to 12 weeks for women …