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Last night.

Around 50 students stayed overnight as they continued their occupation of the Dining Hall in Trinity College Dublin.

The students are protesting over a flat fee of €450 for supplement exams – exams taken when a student fails and re-sits an exam.

This afternoon.

A series of ‘teach-ins’ are taking place including one from Kieran Allen, above.

TCD Students’ Union writes:

Kieran Allen is a sociology lecturer in UCD and a member of SIPTU grassroots. He has written extensively about the corporatisation of Irish education, the failure of social partnership and the importance of grassroots struggles against austerity.

All are welcome to today’s teach-ins.

Students Against Supplemental Fees Present: A Day Of Teach-Ins (Facebook)

Dining Hall Occupation Continues for Second Day (University Times)

Pic: TCD Students’ Union


University Times reports:

Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) will pay the wages of any casual staff in Trinity’s Catering Department who can’t work because of the occupation of the Dining Hall.

The current cost of covering the wages is estimated at around €2,000, but the cost is expected to increase as the occupation continues tonight.

TCDSU to Cover €2,000 Wages Bill for Dining Hall Staff (University Times)

This afternoon.

At Trinity College Dublin.

Students protesting over a flat fee of €450 for supplement exams block the entrance to the Book of Kells (top), occupy the college’s dining hall (third pic) and block the college’s Nassau Street entrance (above).

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett addressed the crowds outside the Dining Hall.

More as we get it.

Via TCD Students’ Union and Richard Boyd Barrett


Pics: Rollingnews

This morning.

Trinity College, Dublin 2

Trinity students can expect to pay a flat fee of €450 for supplement exams, following a decision of the College Board …

The fees will be introduced from 2019 onwards and will mean students will pay the €450, regardless of the number of exams they sit.

Over recent months, Trinity has cut services and increasingly commercialised itself and its campus in a bid to combat the decline in state funding for higher education.

While the cost savings have aggrieved students and staff alike over the years, the introduction of a new and substantial fee, in the face of a chorus of opposition, is likely to frustrate students…

Trinity Approves €450 Flat Fee for Supplementals (Dominic McGrath, University Times)

(thanks Alan Bracken)

Next Tuesday.

Outside Leinster House.

At noon.

A family-friendly protest organised by the #MyNameIs campaign group will be held involving singers, musicians, playwrights, actors and anti-homeless activists.

Earlier: Another Homeless Person Dies

Thanks Rory

This Saturday.

At 2pm.

A demonstration will take place – calling for an end to the system of Direct Provision – at the Garden of Remembrance on Parnell Square, Dublin 1.

Via National Demo: End Direct Provision (Facebook)


In Trinity College Dublin.

Sarah Meehan, in Trinity News, reports:

A group of Trinity students are starting a campaign to boycott the Aramark company,which is the College-appointed food caterer for Westland Eats in the Hamilton building, due to its connection to direct provision centres.

The campaign is using the slogan “Aramark off our campus” and will officially launch on November 15 in the Robert Emmet theatre. Ellie Kisyombe from Our Table and,Lloyd Sibanda a Bachelor of Arts student in Dublin University College and a resident of the Eyre Powell Hotel Direct Provision Centre in Newbridge will speak at the event. Lassane Ouedraogo the Chair of the Africa Centre will also speak on the night.

The campaign hopes to secure a company without connections to direct provision centres to work in Trinity instead. Trinity currently has a contract with Aramark until 2019, with an option to extend it until 2021. The campaign were denied a Freedom of Information request for the value of the contract between Trinity and Aramark.

Trinity students to launch boycott campaign against Westland Eats caterer (Trinity News)

Farmer and father-to-be Thomas Power died in an ambulance near Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, as it was travelling to Cork two weeks ago.

At the time of this death, the catheterisation lab in University Hospital Waterford (UHW) was closed for the weekend. It’s open for cardiac tests and procedures Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.

Thomas had suffered a heart attack.

Further to this, friends and family members – including Thomas’s sister Catherine Power, above – gathered outside the Dáil this afternoon calling for 24/7 cardiac services in the area.

Protest over cardiac services in southeast (RTE)

Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

In Ballsbridge.

This afternoon.

Supporters of the Paris climate agreement gather to protest against US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw America from the 2015 accord.

Pic: Dublin Cycling

Video: Ruairí McKiernan

Related: Paris climate agreement: World reacts as Trump pulls out of global accord – as it happened (The Guardian)

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At 2pm.

Solidarity-People Before Profit TDs Gino Kenny, Richard Boyd-Barret, Bríd Smyth, Mick Barry and Ruth Coppinger and Independents 4 Change TD Joan Collins (3rd pic) refused to stand during the Dáil prayer and the subsequent 30 seconds of silence.

Mr Barry and Ms Coppinger (above) held up signs with the message, “For freedom of religion,  separate church and state”.

The Dáil prayer is:

Direct, we beseech Thee, O Lord, our actions by Thy holy inspirations and carry them on by Thy gracious assistance; that every word and work of ours may always begin from Thee, and by Thee be happily ended; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Related: Fintan O’Toole: State has taken a bizarre trip back to the 1950s (The Irish Times)

Pics: Tony Groves, Gavan Reilly and Ruth Coppinger

Previously: The Prayer Stays


Johnny Keenan (him off the telly) writes:

It disgusts me as an Irish citizen that the catholic church can infiltrate with the help of the conservative christian right wing parties of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael a prayer that makes absolutely no sense to the people of Ireland.

Fair play to any politician for sitting their ground today. Instead of standing for the Dáil prayer. These rebel politicians that our Republic needs right now can stand and recite this profound paragraph of the proclamation.

A Moment Of Clarity
‘The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all of the children of the nation equally, and oblivious of the differences carefully fostered by an alien Government, which have divided a minority from the majority in the past.’

Up the Republic!


Pics: Oireachtas.ie