Jason Botha writes:
It seems like Trinity has no clue as to what students can and can’t afford.
Previously: How Much?
From left: (Back row) Rory O Neill, Tomas (Tomi) Reichental, Trinity Provost Dr Patrick Prendergast, Fr Peter McVerry, (Front row. from left) Senator David Norris, University Chancellor Mary Robinson and Graca Machel.
Gay rights activist Rory O’Neill, also known as Panti Bliss, has received an honorary degree from Trinity College Dublin this afternoon.
Mr O’Neill received the doctorate from the university, along with fellow campaigner Senator David Norris.
Other notable recipients honoured today included the Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental., Nelson Mandela’s widow and politician Graca Machel as well as campaigner for the homeless, Fr Peter McVerry.
How many honorary degrees does a man need?
*stares quizzically toward Norris*
Trinity College, Dublin
Samuel Riggs writes:
With the recent news that a large youth turnout in the referendum is vital for its success, TCDSU [Trinity College Students’ Union] have raised the flag for Marriage Equality, quite literally, right outside their front door.
A large 9mx4m flag stating “Trinity’s Gates Are Open to All – Vote Yes For a More Equal Ireland on May 22nd!” has been unveiled over Front Arch, firmly stating the Union’s stance on the upcoming marriage equality referendum.
Campaign ‘literature’ for the No side in a recent water charges referendum
in Trinity College Dublin
Two weeks ago, a water charges referendum was held in Trinity College Dublin in order to give the Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) an official position on the introduction of water charges.
The students were asked if they should campaign to abolish water charges.
Of the 4,619 who voted, 2,110 students (46%) voted ‘Yes’.
Further to this…
Liam Crowley writes in Trinity News:
“On the point of the referendum campaign, it must be pointed out that the ‘No’ side engaged in misleading and disingenuous tactics. The leaflets and posters issued by the ‘No’ campaign were designed along a myth/fact type of structure. It was presented as being a myth that ‘Irish water will be privatised’. The corresponding ‘fact’ was that ‘only the Irish people can decide to privatise Irish Water through a referendum.’ This is far removed from the truth.”
“The government has forcefully resisted all demands that the semi-state company ‘Irish Water’ be protected from privatisation by ensuring a referendum is provided in the case of any government wanting to sell the company. The Oireachtas, where a government majority is in-built, will be the place where any decision to privatise our water is taken.”
“Irish people could not have less control over our water than as it stands with the current formation of water charges. If privatisation of our water was not on the agenda, then a referendum would have been guaranteed in the event of possible water privatisation. The blatant untruth that currently a referendum is necessary for water privatisation should not have escaped college media scrutiny and the SU’s Electoral Commission should have acted decisively to stop the dissemination of false information.”
Pic: Trinity News
Lynn Ruane at Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union election count in the Mont Clare Hotel, Dublin on Friday night
The single mother from Killinarden in Tallaght, Dublin dropped out of school without completing her Leaving Cert when she became pregnant at the age of 15. She was “seven or eight months pregnant” when sitting the Junior Cert and “wouldn’t have had the greatest experience in secondary school in the first place”, she admitted.
But fast forward 15 years later and Lynn (30) has become a shining light for equality and triumph over adversity after being elected President of Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union…
….Her road back to education began almost immediately after Jordanne’s birth, when she took up a alternative education system pilot programme for young mothers in Jobstown, Tallaght. When she was 17, she went on to do a course in addiction studies in Tallaght IT – against the wishes of the coordinator, who felt she was too young. By the age of 21, she was working for the Canal task force to develop a service for young drug users.
“When austerity hit, it unnerved me how quick things got pulled out of communities, so I felt I needed to get a better education to fight it,” said Lynn…
…She stated at a hustings that she wants her children to “grow up in a world where your gender, class, parental status or race is not a barrier to success” and that “everything I do is to create an environment for my amazing young girls to flourish…”
Pics via Trinity News