Author: Union of Students in Ireland (USI)

First English-Irish Language LGBTQ Dictionary Launched

A new Queer Dictionary for the Irish language was launched today in DCU as part of a collaboration between the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), BelonG To Youth Services, and the Transgender Equality Network of Ireland (TENI) with the support of the  Joe McHugh, Minister for Gaeilge, An Gaeltacht and the Islands. The Queer Dictionary, translated as ‘An Foclóir Aiteach’ in Irish, is the first of its kind in Ireland with over 100 words and terms translated. Speaking about the launch, USI President Michael Kerrigan, said, “We are delighted to launch ‘An Foclóir Aiteach’ with BelonG To Youth...

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Students Concerned Opportunity To Have Vote On 8th At Risk

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is concerned that a delay in voting on the wording of the referendum bill today will see the referendum on the Eighth Amendment pushed to June 8th. This shift in date could see thousands of students unable to cast a vote in the referendum. Speaking after the debate in the Dáil, USI President Michael Kerrigan said, “While we welcome the simple wording of the referendum question, we are concerned students sitting state examinations, going on J1s to the States or on work placement in June will be unable to vote. With the...

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86% Of UCC Students Say Yes To USI

Yesterday, members of UCC Students’ Union (UCCSU) voted to remain with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). Polls opened on Tuesday the 6th of March and closed on Wednesday the 7th of March. Final result was 86% of UCCSU voters saying yes to USI. Speaking after the result was announced, USI President Michael Kerrigan said, ”We’re delighted to see UCC reaffirm affiliation with USI so strongly yet again. The positive vote sends a clear message that USI is working well for students. However, feedback we received was the need to improve our communications with students. USI will continue...

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Students Rally To Demand May Vote To #RepealThe8th

As part of International Women’s Day, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is rallying students across Ireland to repeal the Eighth Amendment at Trinity College Dublin Front Square from 4:30pm. The rally comes as fears that a delay in voting on the wording of the referendum this week will see the referendum on the Eighth Amendment pushed to June. Speaking ahead of the rally, USI President Michael Kerrigan said, “Millions of our young people have not had the opportunity to vote on this issue, and arguably it affects our future generations more than any other. UK Department of...

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USI Condemns €450 Exam Fee Placed On Students

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) stands in solidarity with Trinity College Dublin Students’ Unions (TCDSU) after the announcement that Trinity students will be expected to pay a flat fee of €450 for supplement exams from 2019 onwards, following a decision of the College Board on February 28th. The union will show full support and solidarity with students in Trinity to oppose these fees with TCDSU. Michael Kerrigan, USI President, said, “This hike is a direct attack on students in an attempt to shake every last cent from their pockets. Students in Trinity College Dublin are struggling to...

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