Radio Free Maynooth #16: Up its own Áras

RFM is back! This week, Dave is joined by Brian, Shane, and returning podcasting legends Padraig McCarrick and Donal Fallon (from the Internet).

This week we discuss: the latest headlines in student news, and the confirmed Presidential election liineup

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He Huffed and he Puffed …

Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?

…and Shane McNally blows the house down.

The College Tribune reported earlier this week on Gary Redmond’s  latest escapades. Unfortunately escapades imply that he was perhaps venturing into unknown waters. Sadly this is not the case, as the title, ‘USI fires warning shot at government’ may suggest. This ‘warning shot’ leaves much to the imagination. Continue reading

Observer Week in Review: 19-23 September 2011

The Observer Week in Review is a new weekly feature, giving you a quick run through of what’s happening every week of relevance to students.

Maynooth News

  • Freshers’ Week kicked off the Semester in style with Calvin Harris, Propaganda and the Freshers’ Ball (More on this in Brian’s segment)
  • New features to the campus include a completely redesigned SU bar, and the arrival of the new canteen. The bridge between North and South Campus is gone, and has been replaced by a pedestrian crossing. People will also notice that the construction of the new library is well under construction.
  • The north campus has spent a decent amount of the week smelling of sewage, particularly evident between the back of the Arts block and the canteen. Make of that what you will.
  • Next week, the Arts Block will play host to a cake sale on Monday and book sale on Tuesday. Both run from 11am-1pm and are all in aid of FocusIreland. For more on that, check out the event on Facebook here.
  • NUI Maynooth came runner-up in the Sunday Times University of the Year poll this year. More on that here
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Should Nick Griffin be allowed in TCD?: A Discussion in Two Parts

Dave Ryan attempts to summarise the debate on TCD Phil.’s controversial invite

Next month, following an invite from the Trinity Philosophical Society, Nick Griffin MEP will address the house. Nick Griffin, for the unaware among you, is the leader of the British National Party, a political party so right-wing they make David Cameron look like Leon Trotsky. They push an agenda largely based on the opinion that immigrants have ruined Britain.They are effectively, for those of you old enough to remember,  the National Front in sharper suits. The BNP have experienced a growth in interest (and press coverage) since the global financial crisis hit in late 2007. They even got a seat in the European Parliament in the most recent European elections. Here are some of their greatest hits: Continue reading

Radio Free Maynooth #15: What’s up with that smell?

All has changed, changed utterly.

Radio Free Maynooth is back for a new season! This week, Dave is joined by Shane, Brian, and new panelist Rob Quinn, of the Long Legs Food & Wine Society. This week, the lads discuss: all the changes that have taken place in Maynooth, the Grants Appeal Board, Nick Griffin at Trinity, and the Irish Presidency.

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Help a Broni out. Win a prize. The Great Leather Jacket Hunt.

Dave Ryan rallies the troops for the jacket hunt.

Wanna get in the VP SEC’s good books? Do you covet his +1 for Clavin Harris? If this sounds like you, get yourself to the NUIM campus and hunt for the leather jacket Keith Broni had taken from the Village Apartments last night. If you return it to him, Broni will be all over you like a wet flannel. Of gratitude.

In all seriousness, if you took it, not cool. Give it back, petty thievery is not how we roll in Maynooth.

When asked for an official comment, Broni said:

I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my jacket go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.

Have you seen this jacket?

-Dave Ryan


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The Saga of the Summer

Shane McNally talks about the controversy this summer surrounding David Norris’ bid for the Presidency

Ezra Yitzhak Nawi, an Israeli Social activist was defended for the statutory rape of a fifteen year old boy on official state paper, by a sitting senator, who just so happened to have a previous relationship with the defendant. Everything about this sentence should suggest an abuse of power and entirely inappropriate action.

The senator in question is David Norris and of course everyone knows about the scandal that ended the Norris campaign and stopped in its tracks the chance of an admirable politician with an esteemed record from becoming the President of our country. Continue reading