Author: Daniel Waugh

Have Your Say: Gender Recognition Act Review

Consultation Process Submissions are now invited, from interested individuals and organisations, on the current operation of the Gender Recognition Act 2015 and in relation to possible future operational and policy considerations.  Reflecting the terms of reference of the review group, those wishing to make a submission should do so under the following headings: Arrangements for children aged 16 to 17 years; Arrangements for children aged under 16 years; Arrangements for persons who identify as neither male nor female (e.g. non-binary); Arrangements for intersex people; Any other relevant issues, including issues relating to the operation of the current legislative provisions. How to make a submission Submissions may be made via email to gender@welfare.ie (with the word “Submission” in the Subject line) Submissions should be returned not later than 5 February 2018 and should include the full name and address of the person making the submission and, where relevant, the name of the body or organisation represented. All submissions will be acknowledged and will be considered by the Review Group. The group will report to the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection on the consultation process. Those who make submissions may be invited to meet with representatives of the Review Group. It should be noted that submissions received, and reports of any further consultations undertaken with any parties in response to this request, will be subject to Freedom of Information legislation and may be published on the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection website. Contribute to the USI Submission If you are not comfortable submitting an individual submission to the process, or you would like to help shape the student submission, please contact Siona, the USI Vice President for Equality & Citizenship, to contribute to the Union of Students in Ireland submission. Please include  your educational institution in the correspondence....

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Government Must Respect Recommendations On Repealing The Eighth Amendment

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is calling on both houses of the Oireachtas to respect the  Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment report to repeal the Eighth Amendment from the Irish Constitution. The question on Eighth amendment should be decided on by students at the polling booth, and should be facilitated by holding a referendum in May 2018 following from the committee’s clear recommendation. Speaking ahead of the Dáil debate on the report, USI President Michael Kerrigan said, “We welcome the outcomes from the Eighth Committee because it shows there is merit in providing facts on...

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Student Teachers Priced Out Of Teaching Courses

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is demanding student teachers receive financial support while on placement in response to a recent report which found a ‘total collapse’ in the number of people applying for teacher-training course. Following student teacher’s one year higher diploma being replaced by a to a two year professional masters of education, the Union is concerned that the cost of college is the contributing factor for this crisis. This barrier can be somewhat overcome by supporting students financially to cover the cost of travel, accommodation, materials, and food in order to alleviate the financial burden...

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USI Welcomes Eighth Committee’s Report

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) welcomed the report launched today by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment with recommendation to repeal the Eighth Amendment from the Irish Constitution. Speaking at the launch, USI President Michael Kerrigan said, “Today is a historic day. We have seen cross party support and consensus for an issue that has shamed women for decades. The report launched today is the first step in the right direction, and we call on the Oireachtas to do their homework on the topic before it goes to debate and discussion in 2018. “We echo...

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Students To Take Action Against Avoca and Aramark Over Direct Provision Ties This Christmas

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today announced it will take action against Avoca, a clothing manufacturing, retail and food business in Ireland, because of ties to direct provision centres. The action will take place on Saturday the 23rd of December at 1pm on Suffolk Street outside the Avoca store to highlight to Christmas shoppers the ties the store has to direct provision centres through its owner, Aramark. The Union are calling for Avoca management to cut ties with Aramark in the New Year as part of Avoca’s New Years Resolution. Speaking ahead of the action, USI President...

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