TCD occupation, Have Your Say on the Eighth, St Patrick had a wife!

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Students who occupied a building in Trinity College Dublin this week over the introduction of supplemental fees ended their action on Thursday. The occupation, which started in the Dining Hall building in the university’s Front Square on Tuesday morning, was in protest at the introduction of a new fee structure for supplemental examinations. Éanna Ó Caollaí has the details.

The students are demanding that proposed supplemental examination fees be scrapped; affordable rental options be introduced and that student fees not be increased. William Foley, a post-graduate student at Trinity College Dublin, outlines the student case.

As the referendum on the Eighth Amendment approaches, the country’s universities and other third level institutions are likely to become a key battleground for pro- and anti- campaigners. Student Hub has launched ‘Have Your Say,’ a dedicated resource where students can comment on how the debate is going on campus .

Former USI president Annie Hoey argues that students want an Ireland that protects women by providing safe, regulated abortion care in line with best medical practice. Former president of UCD students union Katie Ascough is a member of LoveBoth and she argues that the facts will convince many young people to vote no to repeal.

The latest selection of the ‘Six of the best films to see at the cinema this weekend’ features Mary Magdalene, Peter Rabbit and The Square, You Were Never Really Here and more.

Ireland’s patron saint has long been associated with snakes and shamrocks, but that he had a wife has largely been confined to the annals of history.Olivia Kelleher looks at a claim by a folklorist from University College Cork that St Patrick had a wife, and her name was Sheelah!