Author: Daniel Waugh

Students Welcome Eighth Committee’s Vote To Repeal The Eighth Amendment

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) welcomed the vote from the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment to repeal the Eighth Amendment from the Irish Constitution. Students also welcomed remarks from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar who today also expressed his intentions to hold a referendum on the Eighth Amendment in May . Speaking after the vote, USI President Michael Kerrigan said, “We welcome the outcomes from the meetings of the Committee today as a positive step in the right direction. It’s clear when people are handed the facts describing the damage the Eighth Amendment has on the lives...

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USI Writes To 8th Committee

THE USI HAS WRITTEN TO THE JOINT OIREACHTAS COMMITTEE ON 8TH AMENDMENT AHEAD OF CRUCIAL VOTE ​The Union of Students in Ireland has written to all members of the Joint Oireachtas committee examining the 8th amendment, regarding the Committee’s final decision-making process. USI has written the letter jointly with other ​leading civil society organisations including the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI), the Abortion Right’s Campaign (ARC), the Coalition to Repeal the 8th Amendment, and Amnesty International Ireland, who are​ advocating for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment and the introduction of legislation mandating women’s and girls’ access to safe...

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USI Hands Out 20,000 Student Support Cards During Christmas Exams

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today distributed 20,000 Student Support Cards with contact details for suicide and self-harm prevention services, such as Aware, Pieta House, Walk in my Shoes, the Samaritans, and LGBT Helpline for students during their Christmas exams. USI also partnered with PleaseTalk, and Jigsaw who operate on third-level campuses across Ireland. The campaign is in response to a USI study showing that 61% of students are experiencing burnout attending third level education while 27% of students in college have dropped out due to stress. Speaking on Trinity College Dublin campus, USI President, Michael...

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USI Support IT Tallaght SU Sit-In

Letter Penned By USI President, Michael Kerrigan: “As President of USI, I would like to commend IT Tallaght Students’ Union (ITTSU) in their efforts to secure a full time Students’ Union secretary. Strong Students’ Unions work as equal partners with their college, acting as critical allies, and enable the college to develop strong quality and governance processes.  In order for Students’ Unions to develop, they need resources and support.  Dedicated, highly skilled staff who are accountable to the Union are fundamental to development. ITTSU are staging a sit in protest to highlight the Students’ Union’s need for a secretary....

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Cláraíonn 18,000 mac léinn chun vótála

Cláraíodh breis is 18,000 mac léinn chun vótála mar chuid den Fheachtas Náisiúnta Fáiltíonn Aontas na Mac Léinn in Éirinn roimh an iarracht mhór ar fud na tíre a chuir breis is 18,000 mac léinn ar chlár na dtoghthóirí roimh na reifrinn éagsúla agus Ollthoghchán a bheas ar siúl in 2018. Léiríonn an uimhir seo gur mhéadaigh na figiúirí clárúcháin faoi dhó ón mbliain 2017, rud nár chuir iontas ar Uachtarán AMLÉ, Michael Kerrigan, a dúirt: ‘Le cinneadh maidir le maoiniú an Ardoideachais ag druidim linn, gan trácht ar reifreann ar an Ochtú Leasú agus féidearthachtaí an ollthoghcháin ann...

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