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USI Congress 2013

USI Congress will take place at the Carlton Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe from Monday 25 to Thursday 28 March 2013.  This page contains all the latest information on USI Congress.


This tab will feature Congress news from Day One.

At 4.30pm, the former Governor of Mountjoy Prison, John Lonergan, will address Congress. He will talk about his 42 years of public service, including the 24 he spent as the most senior prison officer in the country. Echoing the message of educationalist Sir Ken Robinson, Lonergan will talk about how he thinks the education system is failing our young people by suppressing skills and talents that aren’t seen as having much economic value. He will also discuss the importance of access to education for students from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

Officer reports will also be presented to Congress today and delegates will have the opportunity to question officers on the content of their reports.

Carlton Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe

The Carlton Shearwater Hotel has been the home for USI Congress for a number of years and will be again in 2013.  The venue provides accommodation for delegates, recreation areas for delegates away from home and fitness facilities for delegates.  The Convention centre provides ample space for our discussions.

Delegates will receive breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hotel and on the last night the hotel will host the slightly more formal USI Annual Congress Dinner.

Registration for Congress accommodation will be handled by Marathon Travel.

Location of the Carlton Shearwater

Marina Point, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, Ireland.Tel : 00353 (0) 90 9630400 Email :

The Carlton Shearwater Hotel Galway is located on the N6, main Galway to Dublin road, at Marina Point in the heart of Ballinasloe.

Public Transport

Bus Éireann serves Ballinasloe and their journey planner is here

Irish Rail serves Ballinasloe  and their information page is here.  Please note that Ballinasloe Railway Station is on the outskirts of town.

The Pre Clár, containing the new motions in order of their priority in each category area (and which is smaller to print than the full Clár) is here:


The main congress document is now available here:


A gallery of images from USI Congress will be placed here. You can also check out the photos on Facebook and tag yourself in them. Click here to go to USI’s Facebook page.

Please direct all media enquiries to USI Media and Communications Executive, Ronan Costello.

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