‘The Student Was Born In Dublin’

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Trinity College Dublin

The University Times reports:

[Trinity] College is investigating offensive comments made in a class last week by a new intellectual property law lecturer, Brendan Guildea.

…Speaking to The University Times, Guildea said: “I’m reserving my reply.”

A Muslim student, who was wearing a headscarf, was asked to name a book Guildea was holding. When they failed to identify the book, Guildea suggested that someone Irish might know the answer. The student was born in Dublin.

Guildea also asked that student whether anyone had ever interfered with their bags before travelling.

College to Investigate Comments Made by Law Lecturer (University Times)

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52 thoughts on “‘The Student Was Born In Dublin’

  1. Pat Harding

    Snowflakes…..

    We are now entering the “I want to be offended” domain that plagued American Colleges two years ago.

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    1. rotide

      While there is nothing more annoying than permanent outrage, this is a pretty open and shut case of yer man being a racist dick

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      1. millie st murderlark

        He’s the kind of guy who prides himself on not being racist, which makes it kind of hilarious.

        He’s just very self important and has a great habit of being patronising without even knowing it.

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    2. DeKloot

      Let’s trigger your inner snowflake Pajo…. you now live in a country where an abortion can be legally obtained and you also live in a country where you can marry your partner even if they are the same sex as yourself…

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    1. Ian-O

      It doesn’t matter if they identify as being a Martian, they are Irish.

      Or do you think all Irish people need to be Roman Catholic, red haired, freckled and pale skinned?

      I personally hope they get rid of this clown, he is there to lecture on a specific subject, nobody gives a poo about his other opinions.

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      1. rotide

        You should read this back and try and make more sense next time.

        Fridge laid out exactly what he thinks all Irish people should be – Born in Ireland. He was questioning whether someone not born in Ireland can identify as Irish and be considered Irish. Which is the basis of an infuriating amount of Trans discussions.

        If noone gave a poo about his opinions, this wouldn’t be an issue. Quite clearly people give a poo about his opinions which is why he is, rightly, in trouble.

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        1. Rep

          Not sure what his thinking is and why this sort of question only seems to get asked about Muslims. Don’t think I’ve ever heard someone question someone of eastern european descent what they identify as.

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        2. Ian-O

          High irony being lectured on clarity from someone who wrote the above.

          I know exactly what Mr or Mrs Fridge was doing so you can leave off with your low rent online tutoring.

          As for ‘noone’ and their ‘poo’, yes, clarity would appear to be your forte.

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          1. Fridge

            I wasn’t trying to troll and am certainly not defending the obnoxious comments of the lecturer. I was actually wondering if the student feels Irish as opposed to is Irish. I know loads of people who were born in England or the US, lived there very briefly as toddlers or whatever but grew up in Ireland and don’t feel in any way English or American and possibly wouldn’t be aware of cultural nuances particular to those countries.

  2. Ian-O

    It doesn’t matter if they identify as being a Martian, they are Irish.

    Or do you think all Irish people need to be Roman Catholic, red haired, freckled and pale skinned?

    I personally hope they get rid of this clown, he is there to lecture on a specific subject, nobody gives a poo about his other opinions.

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  3. millie st murderlark

    I know that lecturer. He’s a knob. Seriously.

    I was a student of his and if ever there was a man who loves the sound of his own voice, it’s him.

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    1. Joe Small

      Sounds like half the lecturers I ever had. The ones with tenure can be insufferable, while their junior colleagues cling on for dear life, doing most of the hard work.

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  4. Captainpants

    Can we all get back to the old days when matters like this were dealt with privately between the people involved and not instantly published on social media? It is the least useful way of dealing with these things…

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      1. Captainpants

        Discussing the meanings of debatable subtle social interactions in a public forum among people who have never met either of the people involved is unlikely to work out well for anybody. Look at poor old Justine Sacco.

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    1. Cupofteaanyone

      You sound an awful lot like the church many moons ago. They decided to deal with their issues privately too. Didn’t work out well for some people

      By the sound of it this guy has always been a bit on a dangly bit, so dealing with it privately hasn’t worked so far. The college can ignore complaints against him in private but in the media they have to react.

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    2. geroge

      They weren’t dealt with before that’s the thing. The student would just have to put up with it.

      If one person is a lecture who decides the other person’s grade then there is a power imbalance that makes it not so simple to just “sort it out”.

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    1. Daisy Chainsaw

      Why wouldn’t it be? Do headscarves scare you? Winter must be a terrifying time for you with all those head coverings

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    2. millie st murderlark

      Are hats permitted? Paper bags? Both extremely important pieces of headwear, particularly in our Irish climate. I’d hate to see them banned.

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