– UL student Úna Roddy writes about the shocking level of judgement and unprofessionalism she experienced when trying to get a prescription for ‘The Pill’ from her family doctor.

Picture a doctor in your mind. For most people it’s a blank, but friendly, face you can throw your symptoms at and they will make you all better. Occasionally you need to show them something embarrassing, but it’s okay because we all know that they’re not really “people” regardless of what Grey’s Anatomy tells us. They are Doctors, capital D. The white coat stands for impartial, knowledgeable and non-judgemental advice that you don’t get anywhere else. But in the immortal words of Spiderman, with great power comes great responsibility; few people in our modern society hold the kind of untouchable power of a Doctor. Read the rest of this entry »


Interesting little piece from Aidan Rowe on an Irish nationwide university speaking tour of a Canadian speaker from the mass student strikes in Quebec in 2012. If anyone would like to help organising at your university level, or know anyone who would be, link is at the bottom of the piece. 

In 2012 the attempt by the government to Quebec to introduce a 75% fee hike was defeated by the organisation of a mass student strike that lasted over 6 months. That fee increase was part of the global process of imposing the privatisation and commodification of education. Since the victory, organisers of the strike have been being doing speaking tours to aid the process whereby “youth and students everywhere are becoming increasingly conscious of the need to organize as a means to defend education as a social right”. In September this tour reaches Ireland where we need to hear how a sustained and militant student movement that can win is built. We want you to help in ensuring a really good turnout for all of the Irish dates of the tour.

Poster for speaking tour that starts this September.

Poster for speaking tour that starts this September.

There are two purposes to the tour. Firstly so that we Read the rest of this entry »

– Finding a decent place to live with housemates you don’t want to kill by the end of the year can be surprisingly difficult! Here, Anna Ryan from UCD shares her hard-earned wisdom in the field of house-hunting.

  1. Thou shalt choose your housemates wisely. It’s said that you never really know someone until you live with them. Very true. You’ll become intimately familiar with each other’s drinking habits, hygiene, music tastes etc. You and your best friend might become total hated enemies after living with each other for nine months, purely because one person is extremely clean and the other is not. Think long and hard before you move in with your girl/boy-friend or your best friend. If you are one person moving into a house with people already living in it, things become much more difficult. Talk to everyone in the house before you agree to rent the room. It really, really makes your college year a strain if you don’t get on with the people that you live with, so be very careful. Read the rest of this entry »

Padraig McCarrick gives us the lowdown on the new depths to which JobBridge is plummeting to…

Last week we saw the JobBridge National Internship Scheme post an ad for a 9 month ‘internship’ for a primary school teacher. The advertisement goes to say that ‘interns’ (read as exploited teacher) will “receive formal/informal training in the following classroom management, self evaluation and classroom evaluation, Interactive white board skills, I.T. skills to enhance classroom teaching, acquire knowledge of suitable I.T. resources. Whole school development training in Literacy and Numeracy. On completion the intern will have attained skills in I.T. use of interactive white board in classroom, be able to access relevant, suitable resources.”  For this, an unemployed teacher will receive €50 extra on top of their weekly social welfare payment for doing the exact same job as fully employed teachers with the exact same qualification.

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Tomás Heneghan, a student from UL and member of Galway Pro-Choice shares his experience of the march on Youth Defence’s office…..originally posted here.

Me decked out in my pro-choice stuff


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Cruss T. Anarcho Mc Professional Protester gives us a review of a new indie film dealing with the topic of so-called ‘eco-terrorism’

Title: The East

Director: Zal Batmanglij;

Screenwriters: Zal Batmanglij, Brit Marling;

Starring: Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell;

Running time: 116 mins;

I’m still not sure what I was expecting going to see The East with a group of comrades. Was I expecting an accurate and balanced representation of the radical environmental movement? Probably not. Read the rest of this entry »

Joseph Loughnane cuts through the waffle to give us a plain proletarian english version of the recently published X-Case legislation.

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I’m paying just €17 a semester to the University of Vienna to participate in a Masters programme, writes Liam Duffy Originally posted here.

In 2011, the final year of my degree in public and social policy, my class had a seminar on funding third level education led by a PhD student who argued that the system of “free fees” (due to rise to €3,000 for 2013) was unsustainable. He argued more sources of funding had to be found, and should come from students, those who benefit most. His bottom line was that the State must cut exchequer funding of education for the good of the country.

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Cruss T. Anarcho Mc Professional Protester gives us a rundown of events so far at the Week of Action against Shell in Erris, Co. Mayo.


Rossport Solidarity Camp


In the rural parish of Kilcommon in Erris, North Co. Mayo, many had come from all over Ireland and further afield still to resist the highly controversial Corrib Gas Project. A week of action has been called by Shell to Sea at Rossport Solidarity Camp in Aughoose for the week of 21st – 28th June.

The first direct actions of the Erris struggle against Shell took place 8 years ago when 6 locals were injuncted and then 5 of them jailed for refusing to allow Shell onto their lands. In the 8 years that have passed there have been countless direct actions, dozens of arrests, about two dozen jailings and hundreds of people attacked by Garda or Shell’s security company IRMS.

Local residents have been Read the rest of this entry »

The impact of immigration and multiculturalism on Irish society has brought about some unforeseen challenges that need to be addressed, writes Méadbh Ní Dhuinn.


The OECD Reviews of Migrant Education Ireland (2009, p. 9) describes how “Immigration is a relatively new phenomenon in Ireland. Between 8 and 10% of students in Irish schools have an immigrant background representing many countries, cultures and languages”.

Towards 2016: Ten-Year Framework Social Partnership Agreement, 2006-2015 advocates the need for a more inclusive, integrated education system. Within the framework it addresses the need for “increased provision for migrants at both primary and second-level” without reference to increased provision for non EU migrants accessing third level education.  In addition the 2005 report ‘Planning for Diversity– The National Plan Against Racism 2005-2008’ “mandates development of a national intercultural education strategy, and advocates for an intercultural school environment”. However, the policy stipulates that frameworks and provisions for equal access to education can only be guaranteed up until the age of 18 with little or no policy frameworks highlighting or adhering to the provisions of providing non- EU migrant’s opportunities of obtaining equal access to higher education.

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