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The Union of Students in Ireland has criticised the programme for government for not prioritising Higher Education Funding

Kevin Donoghue, USI President The Union of Students in Ireland has criticised the programme for government for not prioritising higher education funding in Ireland and said the programme is a box-ticking exercise to satisfy policy makers and academics, but like the numerous reports and groups set up before to analyse the issues, there is no action being taken to rectify the problems. USI said the programme for government, which was managed by Fine Gael and some independents, has repeated the mistakes of the last government – primarily, delaying decisions and, in turn, actions, relating to Higher Education funding. “The...

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The Union of Students in Ireland said unaffordable accommodation forces students out of college with rents over €1,000 a month nationwide for the first time since the economic crash

USI President, Kevin Donoghue The Union of Students in Ireland said the unaffordable rental sector is forcing students out of college and is calling on the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Simon Coveney and the Dáil’s committee on housing and homelessness, to consider the student accommodation crisis. Cork, Dublin, Galway and Limerick have seen an increase of up to 16 per cent in the rental sector, according to the latest report by property website Daft.ie. Rents have gone over €1,000 a month nationwide for the first time since 2008. USI President, Kevin Donoghue, said the escalating cost...

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The Union of Students in Ireland is calling on Simon Harris to reverse Leo Varadkar’s diversion of €12 million from Mental Health Services

  The Union of Students in Ireland is calling on newly-appointed Minister for Health Simon Harris to reverse the diversion of €12 million from Mental Health Services announced by former Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. USI highlighted the dangers in this diversion this morning, Monday the 9th May, at 10am outside Leinster House.   “Over 120,000 people took part in the Pieta House’s Darkness into Light walks last Saturday.” USI President, Kevin Donoghue, said. “The annually increasing numbers of people who come out in the early hours of the morning to support Pieta House’s Darkness into Light reflects how...

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USI and Mental Health Reform will join outside the Dáil tomorrow to Protest against the diversion of €12 Million in the Mental Health Budget

  The Union of Students in Ireland and Mental Health Reform will be joining outside the Dáil (Kildare St. Entrance) tomorrow, Thursday, April 28th at 12.30pm to protest against the mental health budget diversion of €12 million and to ensure mental health is a priority for the next government.   According to a HRB report, 1 in 7 adults in Ireland experienced a mental health difficulty in the last year. 15.4 % of children aged 11-13 and 19.5% of young adults aged 19-24 have had a mental health disorder and 75% of mental health difficulties arise before age 25, according to an RCSI study on mental health of young people in Ireland.   “Students and young people have been repeatedly told there isn’t money to invest in the services they need – be it education, decent work or anything else.” Kevin Donoghue, USI President, said. “We’ve had the word ‘recovery’ jammed down our throats for 12 months and now they are stripping funding from a vital, under supported service. The damage this will cause is irreversible. At the end of the day access to these services is vital in saving lives. When someone knocks on a door for help, we need to be sure that it is answered. Adequate funding is essential for these services so that those in need can access support and those working in the sector are...

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Union of Students in Ireland and VotingRights.ie Call for a Vote for Irish Citizens Abroad

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and VotingRights.ie are partnering to campaign for a vote for Irish citizens abroad. USI are the leading partners on the new campaign in Ireland after the recent constitutional convention found that those participating voted 78% in favour of the question “Should citizens resident outside the State have the right to vote in Presidential elections?”   USI and VotingRights.ie believe in modernising the absentee ballot process, and those Irish citizens abroad and Irish groups abroad should have representation on a newly established Electoral commission. VotingRights.ieand USI are calling for a referendum on Irish citizens aboard to have voting rights in...

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