The Common Room's closure in favour of the University Club has made national headlines, with The Irish Times and current-affairs magazine The Phoenix both reporting on it in recent times. An article published in The Phoenix described the University Club as President Deeks' "Mar-a-Lago", referring to the resort in Palm Beach, Florida, which is owned by US President Donald Trump.
Earlier this semester, members of the Common Room launched a campaign to save the Club from closure. This saw #SaveOurCommonRoom emblazoned in large black letters facing out of the windows of the Club's premises in Block A on the First Floor of the Newman Building. An online petition which urged President Deeks to "announce an indefinite postponement of the closure of the Common Room" and called for a boycott of the controversial University Club has garnered over 700 signatures. An earlier, written petition had previously reached 500 signatures.