Over 18,000 students registered to vote as part of National Campaign
The Union of Students in Ireland has hailed a massive effort across Ireland that has seen over 18,000 students added to the register of electors ahead of a number of referendums and a possible general election taking place in 2018. The figure represents a more-than-doubling of the registration figures for 2017, which hasn’t surprised USI President Michael Kerrigan, who said:
“With a decision on Higher Education funding on the horizon, a referendum on the 8th amendment and the possibility of a general election in 2018, students understand more than ever how important it is to have their voices heard”
On the registration itself, Kerrigan continued:
“We have seen long queues across the country of students registering to vote. The work carried out by Students’ Unions and societies has been incredible. Students have shown that they are engaged with and understand the issues, and these figures demonstrate the determination of our members to effect change.”
Drives took place in campuses across Ireland, led by students’ unions as part of a co-ordinated national campaign.