UCC’s Confession: The Right-Wing Rabbit Hole and Intellectual Redemption

As part of Motley’s examination of how populism affects your mental health, an anonymous contributor gives her account of how populism seemed to offer her a lifebuoy which then turned out to be a breezeblock   The Repeal the 8th movement was a pivotal shift in Irish political culture, something that even the most proudly […]

A Love Letter to Precedented Times

A final year student writes a lament for the good times gone.   Dear University Experience,   During our time together, I sustained good grades but also greatly enjoyed your social side– a good work-life balance you could say. Like many students, I had filled the months of 2020 with many ambitions and wishes – […]

Leaving Cert 2020

The unique experience of the Leaving Certificate class of 2020 culminated yesterday morning, 6th September, as they became the first group of students to have received Calculated Grades without having sat State Examinations. The Calculated Grades system worked based on a teacher’s estimate of how a student would perform in the examination. After these grades […]

Not So Quietly and Peacefully: What’s Happening in Belarus

Current Affairs Editor Alana Daly Mulligan looks at the political upheaval unfolding in Belarus as a result of Sunday’s election.  Tuesday, 11th August, at 5 pm: My mind is anywhere except in the real world, but that’s about to change rapidly.   *Ping*  I look at my phone and open the message.  Them: “Sorry for the […]

Prejudice in Poland – the LGBTQ+ Community and President Andrzej Duda.

John Hunter places a spotlight on the anti-LGBT policies of the recently re-elected President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, and how these policies are out of step with much of the Polish population.  The serge of populist, right-wing politics in countries across much of the world in the past decade has revealed itself as a serious […]

Purposeless, Voiceless and Expressionless: An Indirect Impact of Covid-19

Imagine you are standing in a room. A very small windowless room that, despite the plush sofa and painting of a flower, is a far cry from a comfortable room because comfort implies pleasantness and relaxation. The room you are in is tense, tight and torrid. You stand as close to the wall as you […]