Author: Daniel Waugh

20,000 Students Received Organ Donor Cards Across Ireland

In September, USI teamed up with the Irish Kidney Association (IKA) during Freshers Weeks to hand out Organ Donor Cards in a bid to save students’ lives. USI President Michael Kerrigan said, ‘In your lifetime, you’re three times more likely to need organ transplantation than dying in the circumstances to be considered a potential organ donor. Signing the donor card signals your willingness to allow your organs and tissues to be transplanted. USI is delighted to be linking up with the Irish Kidney Association to educate students about how having an Organ Donor Card in their wallets can save...

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‘Budget 2018 Leaving Students Behind’, Says USI

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) welcomes meaningful investment of €310 million available to 2021 to address the infrastructure needs of higher education sector, and an increase in National Training Fund levy to add €47.5m of additional investment next year. However, the union is raising concerns over any meaningful investment in improving access to education through increasing SUSI grant thresholds, or improving on-campus mental health services, declaring Budget 2018 as ‘leaving students behind’. Speaking outside the Dáil, USI President Michael Kerrigan said, ‘No income-contingent student loans were announced today, but neither was any meaningful new funding model on...

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Students Waiting Up To 6 Weeks For Third-Level Counselling Services

‘Budget 2018 should focus on improving mental health supports, and not on tax cuts’, Says USI The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is calling on the Government to invest in third-level mental health counselling services by ring-fencing €3m per annum to tackle future mental health crisis on campus. The urgent call comes ahead of World Mental Health Day on October 10th as tax cuts dominate the outcomes of Budget 2018 due to be released tomorrow by Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe. USI President Michael Kerrigan said, ‘Budget 2018 should focus on improving mental health supports, and not on tax...

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20,000 Students March For Publicly Funded Third-Level Education

A demonstration drew 20,000 students to Dublin on Wednesday the 4th of October demanding Minister for Education Richard Bruton delivers a timeline on the future of higher education funding. It has been announced by the Minister for Education that there will be no long-term outline of a third-level funding model in next week’s budget. The demonstration left Custom House Quay at 1pm and marched to the Department of the Taoiseach. Second-level student Jane Hayes-Nally from Cork, IT Tallaght lecturer Dr Martin Marjoram, and parent Annette Quijney from Dublin were some of the speakers calling on the Joint Oireachtas Committee...

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5,000 Students To March on Dublin For Publicly Funded Third-Level Education

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is holding a demonstration on Wednesday the 4th of October demanding Minister for Education Richard Bruton delivers a timeline on the future of higher education funding. It has been announced by the Minister for Education that there will be no long-term outline of a third-level funding model in next week’s budget. The demonstration, which is expected to draw over 5,000 students to Dublin, will be leaving Custom House Quay at 1pm and marching to the Department of the Taoiseach. Second-level student Jane Hayes-Nally from Cork, IT Tallaght lecturer Dr Martin Marjoram, and...

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