A public lecture tomorrow at 6pm in Lecture Theatre 4079 hosted by the Department of Law at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Aungier Street, Dublin 2.
In 2012, Colorado together with Washington State became the first jurisdictions in the world to regulate cannabis for recreational use, having earlier regulated for medicinal use in 2000 and 1998 respectively.
The lecture will analyse key economic data from Colorado such as tax revenue, pricing, and job creation and “evaluate the opportunity cost to the Irish economy plus the continuing and future cost of prohibition in Ireland”.
At the Michael O’Donnell theatre in the Dublin Institute of Technology Bolton Street.
DIT’s Law Society will host a debate on repealing the 8th amendment
Those speaking in favour will include Dr Peadar O’Grady, of Doctors for Choice; Vanessa O’Sullivan, of Abortion Rights Campaign; Gerry Edwards, of Terminations for Medical Reasons; and Ailbhe Smyth, of the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment.
Those speaking against will include Cora Sherlock, Deputy Chair of the Pro Life Campaign; Áine O’Connell, of Youth Defence; Helena O’Callaghan, of One Day More; and Sinead Slattery, of the Pro Life Campaign.
Former paying inmates of Richmond District Lunatic Asylum (top), subsequently the Central Mental Hospital, Grangegorman, now Dublin Institute of Technology.
“Following on from your post (link below) about the fresh hell that is the new Dublin Institute of Technology [DIT] campus, Broadsheet readers with an interest in history might like to know that the Grangegorman site has been home to lunacy since 1815, when the Richmond District Asylum (later the Central Mental Hospital) was first built on this location. Websurfing on my mobile phone (the broadband here being somewhat patchy as yet!) I found some photos of its inmates, their driven-to-the-brink-of-dementia expressions of bemused tolerance looking oddly familiar.., And now I must go and track down the location of the padded cells…”
The new Dublin Institute of Technology campus at Grangegorman
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“It has not been reported in the media about the disaster that is DIT Grangegorman. The new DIT campus was opened up in September 2014. Once opened, it became clear that nearly everything was wrong. The building was to house Art and Design students as well as social studies and others. The buildings were not ready.
In fact, it was not purpose built. Fine Art students had no space or walls to hang their work; Visual Merchandising are carrying mannequinns between there and Mountjoy square, they also have no space; photography students have no darkroom as of yet; Visual Communications students do not have up to date software on the college computers; there are not enough classrooms on campus; classrooms are too small and stuffy, the windows are painted shut so it makes it worse; there is a lack of security on site despite a number of safety incidents and concerns; as well as classes not going ahead because of lack of electricity and plumbing for the first few weeks; a canteen that overcharges for in my opinion substandard food; these are handful of the problems.
A forum was held yesterday between DIT students’ union, the students, and heads of school. The heads of school were on several occasions called out on their shortcomings and mistakes in planning. Morale in the college is low obviously. The tutors, technicians, and students are doing the best with what they have though. It is surprising this hasn’t been reported, especially since a number of TDs visited the college only a few weeks ago for photo opportunities. I hope you will be able to spread what is happening here. It would really be appreciated.”
Above from left: Tara Bolger (studying social care), Remy English (studying early childhood education) and Manuela Mentel (studying Photography) at the first day of the Dublin Institute of Technology’s (DIT) New Grangegorman Campus, former home of St Brendan’s secure psychiatric facility.
“This time four years ago, myself and some [Trinity College] classmates travelled to Rwanda to carry out a field study. While there we met a university student called Seraphine who acted as an interpreter for us.
In those four years Seraphine graduated top of her class and went on to work with the New Times, a Rwandan newspaper. Seraphine recently received the excellent news that she’s been accepted to the MA in Journalism in DIT and we’re trying to make that a reality. We’ve begun a crowd funding page to help her pay her fees and get to Ireland . Seraphine will live with one of our families in Ireland for the year, which will cover accommodation expenses and breakfast/dinner. We’re now looking to raise funds to cover university fees, transport, visa fees, and living expenses.
“It would be great if any Broadsheet readers would be able to help. Her achievements to date are not to be sniffed at. Like many Rwandans, Seraphine’s life was dramatically impacted by the genocide in ’94, in which she lost both her parents. If you’re not in a position to donate, it would be great if you could at least read Seraphine’s story [link below]…thank you.?