Author: Daniel Waugh

USI Welcome Cabinet Decision To Hold Referendum On Eighth Amendment By the End Of May

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today welcomed the decision by the Irish government to hold a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment. The Union is calling on the Cabinet and both houses of the Oireachtas to make haste with the referendum procedures so holding a referendum in May 2018 can be facilitated. USI President Michael Kerrigan said, “What we have is effectively a repeal of the Eighth Amendment. Healthcare has no place in the constitution, and we will remain cautious of the wording of the referendum bill to see what the enabling clause will look like. We...

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Mental Health Campaign Celebrates 5th Year Of Getting Students Talking About Mental Health

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is distributing thousands of ‘Chats For Change’ packs to colleges around Ireland this week encouraging students to talk about their mental health. Celebrating its 5th year, the campaign will see a ‘Chats For Change’ roadshow visiting UCC, Athlone IT, NUI Galway and IADT from January 29th to February 1st in partnership with Please Talk, Walk In My Shoes, and the HSE. Speaking ahead of the launch in UCC, USI President Michael Kerrigan, said, “The HEA Eurostudent Survey published last week reported 83% of students with mental health problems want or need support...

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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 (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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