The high-profile Belfast rape trial whereby four men, two of which played on the Ulster Rugby squad, came to a penultimate end Wednesday, March 29, with all four accused acquitted of all charges following the 3 hours and 45 minutes of deliberations within the jury. Within 24 hours of the verdict being given protesters across the country gathered in key spots of Ireland in a solidarity rally named “I Believe Her,”. Protesters gathered outside the courthouse, Belfast, at the Spire in Dublin, in Cork and Limerick City as well as many more big cities across the country, in an act of solidarity to the young woman in the middle of the trial, as well as all victims of rape.
Over the last number of days, the hashtag, “#IBelieveHer,” has been the top trending topic on Twitter. The victim, who remains unnamed and anonymous to protect her identity, spoke to Irish press on Thursday morning said that she would do the trial all over again.
On the same day, Wednesday 28 March, it was announced that the referendum on appealing the 8th amendment will take place on Friday, May 25.
This week, Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar has spoken out about the rise in homeless figures, and how the increase is, “unbelievably frustrating,” and that the figures were “incredibly disturbing.” In February, there was said to be nearly 10,000 homeless in the state. Varadkar spoke out, and admitted that the problem was worsening as opposed to improving, and the trend of homelessness was going in the wrong direction.
Dublin City University students were protesting yesterday, Thursday, 29 March regarding the 27% rental increase of purpose-built student accommodating in Glasnevin. The students were joined by several students from neighbouring university, Trinity College, Dublin.
This week, it was announced that four second-year biomedical science students of NUIG Galway were on a mission to make their city, Galway plastic free. The four students have undertaken an environmental project as part of their Community Knowledge Initiative Programme module, in a bid to raise awareness of the wastefulness of single-use plastics.
Just two hours down the road students of the University of Limerick MSc in Marketing Consumption and Society have been praised by an HSE driven initiative, the Integrated Care for Older People where 6 students from the course built a website for the very important programme as part of their Digital Marketing module. Having now published the website, the students will now work in improving the marketing of the site.
Sleet, thunder and temperatures of -2C are to be expected over the Easter weekend, Met Eireann predicted.