Category: Articles

Lessons from Fiction: Sauron and the State

The Lord of the Rings ranks as one of the greatest works of fiction of all time. Few great stories would be complete without a great villain – and J.R.R Tolkien’s masterpiece is no exception. In Sauron, the eponymous Lord...

/ 19/03/2019

Andrew Yang: Next President of the United States?

Donald Trump has been an interesting president. Since his election in 2016, he has served as a voice (though not a very eloquent one) for a growing Right-wing across the western world. A voice for people who are unhappy with...

/ 15/03/2019

Gemma O’Doherty, ACI, and the Potential New Irish Populism

2019 could be said to be a year of stocktaking for the Irish Right. The electoral rout of May 2018 showed a serious lack of support for the 8th amendment as well as the Catholic Right-wing that rallied around it through...

/ 12/03/2019

Atlanticism and Ireland’s Post-Brexit Dilemma

Brexit and the English Connection: In cynical geopolitical terms, Ireland exists as the Western European equivalent of Belarus. An English speaking cultural appendage of Anglo-America surviving off FDI and with a monetary policy set in Brussels. For all the fanfare...

/ 10/03/2019

Jerusalem, not Tel Aviv

Why Ireland should recognise Israel’s capital. I feel the need to preface this article with a few statements. I am not pro-Israel, I am not someone who always argues Israel’s corner, and I hold some very serious grudges with that...

/ 08/03/2019

Populism in Our Local and European Elections

A populist is defined as “a member or adherent of a political party seeking to represent the interests of the ordinary people.” This may be one of the most abused terms in the history of politics. We in Ireland suffer...

/ 05/03/2019

It’s Time to Disaffiliate From the USI

At the beginning of each year students across Ireland pay their college and university fees. Incorporated into these lump sums is the standardised €8 membership fee for the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). This organisation purports to represent 374,000...

/ 01/03/2019

The Burkean’s Guide to the Trinity Student Union Elections

Let me ask you a question comrade: What’s the difference between The Catholic Church and Trinity’s Student Union? The former massively out of touch organisation doesn’t pretend to be democratic. The SU however have firmly kept to the claim that...

/ 25/02/2019

The New Gender Recognition and Education Bills are Ideology Not Policy

Recently, RTE’s Prime Time saw the programme tackle gender identity; an increasingly contentious issue in Irish society. Despite offering various perspectives, the show was attacked by transgender activists, who started the hashtag ‘TurnOffPrimeTime.’ Such hashtags should be viewed as an...

/ 23/02/2019

Enviroment, Ignorance, and Gender Imbalances

This article concerns a lecture given in Trinity by former President Mary Robinson on the topic of climate change, and the political observations from analysing it and its attendees. I wasn’t exactly planning on going to any talks this week....

/ 21/02/2019