Author: Daniel Waugh

Students from Rural Backgrounds will be Disproportionately Affected by the Loan Scheme if Brought in after General Election

Kevin Donoghue, USI President The Union of Students in Ireland has warned that young people from rural backgrounds will be disproportionately affected by the loan scheme if brought in after the upcoming General Election. If the new proposed loan scheme comes into effect this will mean changes to the current grant system that have a negative impact on families from rural backgrounds, such as asset testing for grants and replacing grant payments with loans. USI stressed that students from rural backgrounds already face greater financial strains than those from urban areas with expenses like transport and accommodation. “Any implementation...

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The Union of Students in Ireland Unveils ‘The Tinder of Politics’ Revolutionising the General Election

Kevin Donoghue, USI President, with Keith Moore, founder of Smartvote   The Union of Students in Ireland will be working with ‘Smartvote’, a new website app labelled ‘The Tinder of Politics’, matching the public with political candidates that best share their views on Wednesday 13th January 2016 at 6 pm, at the Mansion House. Smartvote works by asking all political candidates their opinion on 30 topical issues. The user gives their opinion on the same issues. Smartvote then matches each user with the candidates who best represent their views. Similar voting assistance tools are already successful around Europe –...

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Student Summit 2016 Will Launch in Dublin Castle on the 4th February!

  The Irish Student Summit 2016 will take place on the 4th February in Dublin Castle. The event will have over 600 students, 40+ start ups, 22 workshops and powerhouse business speakers from Silicon Valley and Ireland, with speakers from Paddy Power, Silicon Republic, Ireland AM, Mór Gin, Cool Beans and Humans of Dublin. One Student Start-up will walk away with a €1,500 investment in their business idea. Enterprise Ireland is sponsoring a €1,500 prize for the winner of the Student Start-Up Pitch. A panel of judges will narrow down applications to the ten best from the online submissions...

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USI Student General Election Manifesto 2016

A CHAIRDE, Please download a PDF of the USI Student General Election Manifesto 2016. While our student manifesto is focused on education issues we have outlined a broad range of areas we feel should be addressed by the next Government. The 32nd Dáil has the opportunity to introduce real and lasting change for all our citizens. 100 years on from 1916 we can build an Ireland our children and our parents will be proud of. An Ireland where workers are paid the living wage, where there is a right to full bodily autonomy and where every person is treated with...

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USI Launches its General Election Manifesto, focusing on Accommodation, Higher Education Funding and Repealing the 8th

The Union of Students in Ireland launched their General Election manifesto today outside the Dáil, emphasising how young people will have a deciding impact on the makeup of the next government, focusing on areas like accommodation, Higher Education Funding and Repealing the 8th. “The 32nd Dáil has the opportunity to introduce real and lasting change for all our citizens.” Kevin Donoghue, Union of Students in Ireland President, said, “100 years on from 1916 we can build an Ireland our children and our parents will be proud of. An Ireland where workers are paid the living wage, there is a...

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