Tuesday, November 26, 2002

"I'm happiest when theres no reason for me to be"

In a Beth Orton mood today as you may deduce from the quote, its has absolutely no relevance to todays entry.
So once again its essay time, this time there is a serious shitload of work on top of the essay too, two assignments and a presentation to prepare for thursday, I have given up lectures and am now living in the library.
Good weekend, Tina came down, we went out on saturday night to Q-bar, bizarre night. I got a random text from John the other night so i told him i was heading to Q-bar on saturday and he came along with his entourage. At this point i'd like to point out as well as being incredably good looking himself, johns friends "the lads" are also among the best looking bunch of lads I have ever seen.
So he turned up and I didn't notice him until Sam pulled me back (i'd walked past him) and pushed us together.
I didn't remember how goodlooking he is, plus this time I noticed he has just a few freckles on his cheeks - awwww, bless.
So we pretty much started kissing straight away and didn't stop all night. So we all went back to sams and had a drunken game of "i never" and found out too much bout eachother, then we fell asleep on the sofa together.
I left before he woke up, but later he txted me and said thanked me for a good night, awwwwww, sweetie.
He's not at college anymore though, he finished last year and has joined the gardai. So he is training in Galway at the minute, but apparently he'll be qualified in two weeks and posted in Pearse Street Garda station - right next to Trinity................so we'll see what next term brings!
Elsewhere in my world, my article is appearing in the Trinity news tomorrow, i am kind of nervous, have a read and tell me wot u think!

Is it just me, or do you get the impression that student politics is getting more apathetic year after year?
I’m a young unionist, going by my experiences in college so far, politics, especially those of the Northern Irish variety, seem to be the ultimate conversation killer. Indicative of this trend was the response of most people when I asked their view on Unionism being reintroduced to college. The furrowed eyebrows and wandering expression seem to suggest it had been a while since they had considered something as subversive as Unionism in Dublin.

To test the water in college as regards unionism I set off on a poster campaign, sent an e-mail to all the political parties in college and spoke to a variety of politicians. Surprisingly out of the parties which I contacted, I heard back only from the two smaller political parties, Sinn Féin and the Green Party. Both extended a warm welcome to my proposal of Young Unionist Society in college. Ciarán Doherty of Sinn Féin added “I wish you all the best and look forward to many interesting debates between yourselves and ourselves” Some of the bigger parties have yet to respond, although John Carroll, chair of Young Fine Gael welcomed the Proposal of a Young Unionist Party for two reasons. Firstly he welcomed the potential to provide “A different perspective within Trinity’s political parties with regard Northern Ireland.” He continued rather controversially, “Secondly it will help correct many rather warped view that many within the Ulster Unionist Party hold with regard to the Republic of Ireland”

My poster campaign also yielded some interesting results. Many responses came to the variety of “Ever felt there was a voice missing from student politics?” and “Support political diversity” posters. Most of these responses came from students reminiscing about the previous Unionist Society and regretting its demise. Amongst these was a comment from Brian Hickey, a third year German and Philosophy student “I was quite disappointed when I came to college two years ago and found that the Young Unionists had been disbanded”. I also received some fairly amused sounding responses, such as the one from Gareth Reed, a fourth year student “Am I right that I just saw the words “Dublin” and “Unionist” in the one sentence??!!”

I heard some interesting views from other students in college. Kevin O’Callaghan, a second year Theoretical Physics student mused “Why should northern students only have the chance to be represented by one northern party?” A third year Maths student commented “Most peoples concerns about the unionist party is that they are a staunch “God save the Queen” brigade and are pretty much confined to their Ulster Strongholds….Its true that nowadays they are mostly concentrated in areas of the North but people forget that a Dubliner was one of the founding members of what we know to be the Ulster Unionist Party”. Will Kelly, a second year law student presented a more worrying mindset “You’re going to found a Unionist Society? Cool! I was thinking about starting up a Ku Klux Klan Society”.

With regret, so far, I managed only to speak to politicians from Northern Ireland with regards this Proposed Trinity Young Unionist Society.
The leader of the Ulster Unionist Party with which the Young Unionists are associated, A Nobel Peace prize winner, the Right Honourable David Trimble lent the Proposed Society his full backing and commented
"I believe that a Unionist association at Trinity would be a useful political platform for TCD students who come from a pro-Union background, be it Northern or Southern, or have come to unionism through their own reflections on the situation. As importantly, it has a role to play in terms of reconciliation and mutual understanding at one of the foremost academic institutions in the British Isles”
Total support for a Proposed Young Unionist Society was also expressed during a recent telephone interview with the Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson. As President of the Young Unionists, Mr. Donaldson is a regular speaker at meetings of the branches. Members of the Hist debating society will recognize him as a frequent guest at their annual Northern Ireland debates. Mr. Donaldson emphasized that he would very much support the setting up of a Trinity branch of the Young Unionists, he added “Irish students should have the opportunity to experience all political viewpoints.”

I myself have been a member of the Young Unionists for a number of years, presently secretary of the Strangford branch. The party caters for my avid interest in politics and debating. Meetings are held at least once a month with guest speakers from all areas of Unionist politics, socials are held in the summer and at Christmas. The YU publish a magazine, the “Ulster Review”, it contains article on a wide range of topics and encourages new members to contribute. Peter Brown, the chairman of the Young Unionists also welcomed the proposal of a Trinity Young Unionist Society; he said he would welcome “The working to re-establish a branch of the Young Unionists at an institution which has had great links with unionism in the past”

I’ll conclude where I began, student politics is becoming more apathetic year after year. The only solution can be wider political involvement, I would encourage all students to join whichever political party whose ideology they would subscribe to. Greater political involvement will revive and improve the quality of politics at college. For more information on the Proposed Young Unionist Society, please contact dublin_unionists@hotmail.com