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    Noam Chomsky Delivers Annual Amnesty TCD Lecture

    Described by The New Yorker as ‘one of the greatest minds of the 20th century’, Noam Chomsky gave the 2006 Amnesty International Lecture in association with TCD in the RDS on January 18th. The theme of his talk was ‘The War on Terror’. (more…)

    Dr. David Thomas Receives Honorary Degree

    Dr. David Thomas, Director of the College Health Service, is among the five recipients who were conferred with an Honorary degree on Friday 16 December.

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    Trinity Fellow to Head New Authority

    Prof. Margaret O’Mahony, a fellow of Trinity College and head of the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, has been selected by Minister for the Environment, Martin Cullen, to recruit and chair the Dublin Transport Authority. The authority is expected to have a wide remit, and will aim to harmonise Dublin’s public transport system.

    RIA Medals to Trinity Thinkers

    President Mary McAleese presented the inaugural Royal Irish Academy Gold Medals to two of Ireland’s leading thinkers: Prof. Michael Coey and Prof. John Dillon, both from Trinity College. The medals acclaim Ireland’s foremost contributors to the world of learning. They are awarded by the RIA and sponsored by the HEA and the Irish Independent.

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    Archbishop Tutu at the Phil

    Archbishop Desmond Tutu was made an honorary Patron of the TCD Philosophical Society at the annual Inaugural Address.

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    Also in attendance were the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr John Neil, two former Taoisigh, Dr Garret Fitzgerald and Albert Reynolds, the American and South African Ambassadors, and many other figures from the worlds of business, academia and charity.

    Will the Government’s Plans Harm the Universities?

    The Government has responded to the report of the OECD on higher education in a way which may be anti-university. I do not mean just Dublin University, I mean all universities and institutes of technology.

    I would like to have a full debate on what is being called an innovation fund for which universities would have to compete. This may be a very good idea but it would be a major culture shock for the universities of Ireland if they have to engage in such a process. It is no coincidence and I suppose it is motivated by the report which says that Irish universities are falling out of the top international league. (more…)

    Trinity 87th in World

    Trinity College Dublin is the only Irish university to feature in the
    top 200 universities in the Times Higher Education Supplement’s world university rankings. The College was ranked 87th in the world, and 28th in Europe.

    Controversy Over Changes to A-Levels Admissions

    Trinity College has changed its method of calculating ‘A’-levels requirements. It will now consider results in four subjects (three is the norm). If this affects you or someone known to you, please contact me and I can explain the details of the changes and what can be done.

    Improving Public Transport; Protecting Our Heritage

    It is fashionable and easy to bellyache about public transport and people will do so whenever they are in Opposition. Ministers for Transport are easy targets and they have a very difficult job. I agree with much of what has been said about the improvements which have taken place in transport in the Dublin area in recent times. Not everything has been entirely welcome. There have been appalling and unforgivable delays. They have tested the customers’ patience to such an extent that it is almost at breaking point.
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    Honorary Degrees for 100th Anniversary

    The sun was shining at the annual presentation of honorary degrees. As this is the hundredth anniversary of the entrance of women to Trinity, the degrees were all awarded to prominent women.

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    From left to right were: Chancellor Mary Robinson, Ms. Hilary Weston, Judge Fidelma O’Kelly Macken, Dr. Shirley Anne Jackson, Ms. Garry Hynes, Ms. Eavan Boland, Dame Mary Peters, and Dr Alison Elliot.