News in Brief


L&H first year debaters win Trinity Intervarsity

TWO MEMBERS of the Literary and Historical Society (L&H) won the final
of the Trinity College Dublin (TCD) Intervarsity debating competition,
which took place on Saturday, 24th January. First year students, Julia Lawlor and Rebecca McGrath, came first overall in the competition, which was entered into by 16 other L&H teams and eight teams from the Law Society.

Ms Lawlor and Ms McGrath were also named winners of the novice round of the Yale Intervarsity debating competition, which took place in October.

UCD reject Catholic Institution proposal

THE UNIVERSITY declined a proposal to establish a Catholic Institute of
Theology in connection with the Jesuit-controlled Milltown Institute.
UCD, which was originally founded by Cardinal John Henry Newman in 1851, was engaged in talks with the institute about establishing a Catholic institute of theology, however the University rejected the proposal. UCD has denied that the decision was made due to fears that the university would be once again tagged as a Catholic university, stating that the university’s primary concern was about academic quality. The institute is currently in negotiations with Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and are reported to be at an advanced stage.