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I'd love to relive my student days at Trinity, reveals rebel Joe

LIVELINE presenter Joe Duffy harbours a desire to return to Trinity College as a student.

The RTE broadcaster, who is is a voracious reader, says he is keen to further his education.

The former Trinity student is hoping to take on a research course when he's not gauging the mood of the nation on the airwaves.

The 55-year-old dad of three told the Herald he's been "looking into" taking on a history course at the same university where he studied Sociology and became heavily involved in student politics.

In the midst of budget cuts at RTE, the Ballyfermot native, who met his old pal Gerry Ryan at the university, said: "I'd love to study. I'd love to do a history research project, I've been looking into it and am currently investigating doing an M.Phil in History at Trinity ... It's a brilliant college," added the veteran radio host, who is sending his kids to the gaeltacht this summer to prepare for the Leaving Certificate.

Joe took a leading role in protests against medical card cutbacks in his younger days and was jailed for two weeks in 1984 with three others when he was president of the Union of Students of Ireland.

He will be following the likes of colleague Vivienne Traynor, who took up on a part-time law degree last year.

Vivienne (40), who gave birth to her fourth child only five months ago, admitted that she would continue college "forever" if she had the time and the money.

"I have exams in May and my daughter Holly will have her Junior Cert, so I'm dragging her to the library with me to study too.

"It's good for her to see me studying and that she knows there's no end to learning," said the courts reporter.

Joe and Vivienne recently teamed up to help promote Organ Donor Awareness.

"Vivienne's great and the stories about organ donors that have been coming in on my show are just incredible," explained Joe.