Author: Daniel Waugh

USI launch new report on student accommodation

Download full report here >>   The survey was designed in online software – Survey Monkey – and distributed through a link among all the students through on-line channels, such as e-mail, website and social media. The link was active for three weeks. Out of the population of 225,641 students we collected 3,597 responses (at a level of 2% margin of error and 99% confidence level) USI President Michael Kerrigan said, “The issue of housing permeates across all groups of our society. In recent years, the shortage in student accommodation has forced students, families and professionals to race for...

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USI Disappointed With Dismissal Of Petition X

We are disappointed at today’s judgment in Belfast with the dismissal of petition X, the request to recognise a lawful same sex marriage in Northern Ireland. The court battle has indicated that it is ultimately up to legislators to change the standing of Northern Ireland when it comes to the equal right to access marriage for same sex couples, and the student movement across Ireland, North and South, will not rest until legislators commit to equality for...

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USI Stands With Ibrahim Halawa

It’s four years today since his imprisonment. USI will be outside the Egyptian Embassy today with Amnesty International, along with actress and activist Pauline McLynn, calling for his immediate release.   Speaking ahead of the protest, USI President Michael Kerrigan said, “Beyond all doubt, Ibrahim’s detention has gone on far longer than justifiable, and very little pressure seems to have come from Government to resolve the situation and have a fair trial or release secured for Ibrahim, who is an Irish citizen.   “If his name was Brian and he was from somewhere in Dublin or Kildare this wouldn’t...

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USI Issues Advice For Leaving Certificate Class of 2017

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today congratulated Leaving Certificate students on receiving their results urging important next steps to be taken after celebration. Today is a milestone in the lives of these students, and USI hopes that students have received the results that will see them enter third-level education. USI President Michael Kerrigan said, “Today is a tense and anxious day for Leaving Certificate students receiving their results. Remember, if you’re happy or disappointed with your results you should still be proud of your achievement of getting past one of the toughest moments of your education.” Prospective...

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RTB and USI Launch Information Guide for Students

You can download a copy of the new Finance and Accommodation Guide here >> USI and RTB Finance and Accommodation Guide 2017 New research from the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) finds 58% of students are spending between €256 and €500 a month on rent, while 36% of students have no income to cover the monthly costs associated with their accommodation. USI and the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) are today launching the 2017 Finance and Accommodation Guide to help students know their rights as tenants, and to budget for the year ahead. The Finance and Accommodation Guide details the rights...

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