Author: Union of Students in Ireland (USI)

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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USI joins forces with the Teachers’ Union of Ireland and launches ‘I Value Higher Education’ Petition

USI President Kevin Donoghue The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has joined forces with the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) as part of its ‪#‎EducationIs coalition to campaign against the erosion of the publicly funded higher education system, and safeguard higher education for the next generation. The ‘I Value Higher Education’ campaign invites students, their families and teachers to sign the petition on http://chn.ge/1R6NBXz “USI is proud to join with TUI on the ‘I Value Higher Education’ campaign which seeks to promote the value of higher education in Irish society.” Kevin Donoghue, USI President, said. “The campaign acknowledges...

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New Loans Scheme Proposals Will Disproportionately Affect Those from Rural and Agricultural Backgrounds

The new proposed loan scheme will disproportionately affect those from rural and agricultural backgrounds, according to the Union of Students in Ireland and the Irish Farmers Association, who met last Friday. Kevin Donoghue, USI President Commenting on the proposals Kevin Donoghue, USI president said, “Any implementation of the new proposed loan scheme for students would disproportionately affect those from rural and agricultural backgrounds, deter them from applying to college, and widen the gap between urban and rural opportunities. People from rural backgrounds are more likely to be on 3rd level grants and so are more likely to be affected...

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The Union of Students in Ireland Praises Queen’s for Reaching Fossil Free Agreement

The Union of Students in Ireland praised Fossil Free QUB for reaching an agreement with Queens University and securing a review of policy changes. Students who have been occupying part of Queen’s University Belfast’s administration building, calling for the university to sell shares it holds in fossil fuel firms, have agreed to end their sit-in after they reached an agreement with the university. A joint statement by the university and Queen’s Students’ Union said ‘Fossil Free QUB’ had agreed to the move after a “constructive meeting” with senior management when Queen’s University said they would undertake a comprehensive review...

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The Union of Students in Ireland Praises QUBSU’s Fossil Free Protest and Urges other Colleges to Do the Same

Students Protesting outside the Queens University Belfast The Union of Students in Ireland praised Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union (QUBSU) and said they stand in solidarity with their Fossil Free campaign, which calls on the University to divest from fossil fuels. Students went into occupation phase with a sit-in protest for the past 5 days in the Finance Office of the administration building in Queen’s. Queen’s University have at least £5.5 million invested in the fossil fuel industry. “What QUBSU are doing with their Fossil Free campaign is admirable.” Union of Students in Ireland President, Kevin Donoghue, said “They’re...

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