|Galway's Only Student Newspaper|
|Type||fortnightly student newspaper|
|Headquarters||Áras na MacLéinn |
Sin Newspaper (Student Independent News) is a student newspaper in Galway, Ireland. Its offices are based at NUI Galway. Sin is published fortnightly and covers news about Galway events on and off campus, while its entertainment and features sections aim to entertain and provoke debate and shape opinion. Sin accepts articles from past and present students and lecturers and staff. Sin was founded in 2001 and replaced the University College Galway student periodical Unity, which was published from 1959 until the late 1990s. Sin was printed in tabloid size across 32 pages until 2020 when it moved online due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Sin website, Sin.ie hosts a gallery, the University message boards, newspaper archives and links to the Sin E-zine - Sin Byte.
Awards and nominations
In 2012, Merryman took over as resident Sin cartoonist. He created the Jix and Joe characters to star in a short cartoon strip showing the humorous side of life as a student in Galway.
Notable past stories
On 9 December 2008, Ministers Eamon O'Cuiv and Batt O'Keefe were the subject of a protest by a small group of students who were highlighting the issue of third level fees. During Minister O'Cuiv's attempt to enter the Quadrangle to meet with University authorities, the students attempted to block his entrance. The minister engaged in a scuffle and was seen to forcibly grab a student protester, which was photographed by the Sin editor. The photograph was used on the RTÉ News website, The Irish Times and appeared in many other local and national papers and news sites. The story was picked up by the national press and the minister was forced to explain his actions in the photograph.
Sin also reported on an incident that took place on 2 February 2009 when former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern was prevented from speaking at the university's Literary and Debating Society, again by a small group of protesters involved in the free fees movement. Sin had a full report of the incident on its website within twenty minutes of the incident; the report was cited in several of the subsequent local and national coverage of the incident.
Following the controversial RAG week of 2009, Sin and Sin.ie provided comprehensive coverage of the University's decision to withdraw support and NUI, Galway Students' Union commitment to continue running the charity week in future years.
- "Shortlists 2009". Oxygen.ie. Retrieved 25 June 2009.
- O'Connor, Kevin. "SIN :: Minister confronts students during protest". Sin.ie. Archived from the original on 29 April 2009. Retrieved 25 June 2009.
- "RTÉ News: Minister in confrontation with students". Rte.ie. 10 December 2008. Retrieved 25 June 2009.
- "Ó Cuív restrains student at protest - The Irish Times - Thu, Dec 11, 2008". The Irish Times. 11 December 2008. Retrieved 25 June 2009.
- "FEE activist 'manhandled' by minister at NUI Galway protest - Indymedia Ireland". Indymedia.ie. Retrieved 25 June 2009.
- Advertiser.ie (22 December 2008). "Are our students waking up? - Galway First - December 22, 2008". Advertiser.ie. Retrieved 25 June 2009.
- O'Connor, Kevin. "SIN :: One student arrested as Bertie Ahern prevented from appearing at NUI Galway". Sin.ie. Archived from the original on 10 February 2009. Retrieved 25 June 2009.
- O'Connor, Kevin. "SIN :: "Not the end of RAG week"". Sin.ie. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2009.