In the Edmund Burke Theatre in Trinity College Dublin.
A seminar about “fake news”, chaired by RTE’s Bryan Dobson.
Chaired by broadcaster Bryan Dobson, this seminar will ask: what is fake news?; how can we identify it?; what can be done to combat it?; and how can we ensure our valued news services are trustworthy, and not fake?
Participating speakers include Sile Lane (Head of International Campaigns and Policy at Sense About Science), Aine Kerr (cofounder of Nevalabs), Kate Shanahan (Head of Journalism, DIT), Eugenia Siapera (Professor at DCU), Fionnan Sheahan (Editor of the Irish Independent) *cough*, Dr Linda Kiernan (Lecturer at Trinity College), RTÉ, and Ian Power (Exectutive Director of Spunout.ie)….
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Students continued their protest against a €450 supplemental exam fee in the exam hall (above) while other students continued their occupation of the Dining Hall.
Those occupying the Dining Hall were locked in for a time last night, while up to 40 people are reported to have slept a second night in the hall.
TCD Students’ Union – who will be holding a rally and open-air concert in the front square of the college from 1pm today – write:
Together, we blocked the Book of Kells, we shut down Front Arch, and we occupied the Dining Hall. College interrupted their negotiations with us during our peaceful occupation, on our day of teach-ins, to lock us in. They blocked our access to food, blocked our toilet access, and only let us use the toilet again once we had rallied to temporarily occupy the Exam Hall.
Enough is enough.
We are simply asking that the welfare of students and staff in Trinity be put first. Join us for a rally and concert at 1pm, Thursday 15th March in support of those inside the Dining Hall and in support of our three asks:
1) No supplemental fees
2) No rent increases
3) No more increases of postgraduate and international student fees.
This was a shameless escalation in the middle of negotiations and in total bad faith.
Last night, Trinity’s provost Patrick Prendergast, who is currently in Boston, tweeted the following…
Agreed with @tcdsu & @trinityGSU that we will seriously consider alternative proposals on supplemental exam fees, modular billing & PG/Non-EU fees at the next Board meeting, and that Trinity is a university that belongs to all of us who study and work here #TakeBackTrinity
Hi Patrick, why did your Comms department direct staff to delete students’ “negative comments” from social media? Seems incompatible with your previous stance on Freedom of Speech. pic.twitter.com/MHW1eTrwP9
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.
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.
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.
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.