Author: Daniel Waugh

“We Will Hold The Taoiseach To His Word on a Referendum on the Eighth Amendment”

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) welcome the commitment from Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, to take into account young people’s ability to vote on the Eighth Amendment. Newly elected Taoiseach Leo Varadkar attended Queens University Belfast, marking the Taoiseach’s first visit to Northern Ireland since he was appointed, where Queens University Belfast Students’ Union asked if he would take into consideration that a June or July referendum on the Eighth Amendment could hinder students casting a vote. USI Deputy President Síona Cahill stated, “The first question to the Taoiseach came from Queens University Belfast Students’ Union asking if he...

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74% Of Students Fear Experiencing Negative Mental Health in the Future

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today released data showing 74% of students fear experiencing negative mental health in the future. USI is also raising concern over the shortage of staff in mental health services to cope with the increasing demand for support, in light of Fianna Fáil claiming the HSE has failed to spend any of an extra €15 million earmarked for boosting staff numbers. USI President Michael Kerrigan said, “Students are experiencing depression, anxiety, loneliness, substance misuse, and suicidal behaviour, and there is not enough support and staff to help them. It’s well known that almost...

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Closure of IT Tallaght Créche Will See Student-Parents Dropout Of College

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is today calling on IT Tallaght to reverse the decision to close the créche on campus, or parents will be forced to dropout of college. IT Tallaght announced their campus créche would close after public tendering did not locate a new provider meeting the college’s criteria this month. USI President Michael Kerrigan raised concern about the closure stating, “Student-parents are usually working part-time, with many juggling studies, family life and maybe other caring responsibilities. Childcare is the greatest source of angst for most student-parents, because of the financial and the organisational demands....

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USI Launch Homes For Study 2017

1 In 10 Students Living In Digs, Says USI The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is today encouraging homeowners to rent their spare rooms to students during the college term can avail of €14,000 tax-free a year from a rent-a-room relief scheme available. USI are launching the Homes For Study campaign with a free website, homes.usi.ie, as new findings from the Union show 1 in 10 students are living in digs style accommodation. Speaking at the launch, USI President Michael Kerrigan said, “According to our study, 66% of students living in digs are satisfied with their arrangements. Digs...

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USI Welcomes First National Student Accommodation Strategy

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today welcomed the National Student Accommodation Strategy by the Government as new findings from the Union show 36% of students spend one to three months looking for accommodation because of the student accommodation shortage. The Strategy outlines actions to increase student accommodation in the wake of the Rebuilding Ireland, the Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness, to tackle national housing challenges and increase supply.   Speaking at the launch, USI President Michael Kerrigan said, “USI has campaigned for years to get the National Student Accommodation Strategy on the agenda to rectify the...

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