Author: Daniel Waugh

USI welcomes Positive Impact of Gender Quotas in GE, calling it Huge Progress in Gender Balance in Politics

The Union of Students in Ireland has welcomed the positive impact of gender quotas in the 2016 General Election and said it has achieved progress in gender balance in politics. The number of female TDs has increased dramatically since 2011 by 47% and USI said using gender quotas is the fastest way to achieve gender balance in politics.   “The new 32nd Dáil has the highest ever number of female TDs – 22%, up from 15%, an increase of 47%.” Kevin Donoghue, USI President, said, “But it also means that almost 4 in 5 politicians are still male. While...

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Iarnród Éireann Partners with the Union of Students in Ireland and encourages Students to go Home to Vote

Kevin Donoghue, USI President, pictured with two students in Heuston station Iarnród Éireann is partnering with the Union of Students in Ireland and encouraging students across the country to go home to vote in the General Election. At all times Iarnród Éireann offers student discounts on all routes of up to 54%. Taking the train home to vote in their local constituency is the fastest, most relaxing and most environmentally friendly way to travel. Iarnród Éireann and USI are urging students to #VoterMotor and have their voices, and their votes, heard in the general election. Iarnród Éireann offers huge...

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USI Welcomes Wage Increase Coming into Effect for Student Nurses and Midwives

The Union of Students in Ireland has welcomed the proposals coming into effect after the joint efforts of the INMO, SIPTU Nursing, the Department of Health, PNA, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, independent facilitator Mr Sean McHugh, and HSE, with supporting research done by USI to increase wages for students’ nurses and midwives. Recent research by USI found that 93% of student nurses have thought about emigrating when they qualify. USI are hopeful that this number will decrease once the pay increases come into effect on the 1st March. Student nurses and midwives are currently paid below...

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USI calls on all Political Parties to Commit to Mental Health Reform before the General Election

Kevin Donoghue, President of the Union of Students in Ireland. The Union of Students in Ireland is calling on all political parties to commit to mental health reform and suicide prevention before the General Election. The number of students reporting mental health issues has increased, but as a result of hiring restrictions most colleges can’t afford to hire extra counselling staff to meet the demand.   Research by USI found that 73.1% of students said the high cost of college causes them anxiety or stress; 71.7% of students regularly feel down – 36% of students feel down every day; and a...

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USI launches its #MakeASmartVote road show, visiting 16 college campuses across Ireland encouraging Students to Vote

The Union of Students in Ireland launched its #MakeASmartVote road show this morning outside Trinity College at 9am and will visit a total of 16 college campuses between now and the 25th February before the general election, encouraging students to vote and telling them what the main parties are promising students and young people in their manifestos, and urging them to vote for a party that prioritises education. The road show will visit all major colleges over the next ten days, including NUIG, UCC, DCU and Maynooth. “Young people in Ireland understand that their vote is their voice. We are engaging with young people through social media and on our road shows, encouraging them to use their vote wisely.” Kevin Donoghue, President of the Union of Students in Ireland, said, “We expect to see a huge percentage of students voting in the General Election. Irish students have experienced the positive effects of using their vote during the Marriage Referendum and since then have become extremely politically aware with a real hunger for progression and change.” On Monday 15th USI will visit Trinity and Maynooth University. On Tuesday 16th they will visit Athlone and DKIT. On Wednesday 17th they will visit Sligo and LYIT. On Thursday 18th they will visit GMIT and NUIG. On Monday 22nd they will visit Tralee and Waterford. On Tuesday 23rd they will visit UCC and...

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