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Thursday, February 28, 2012

For Immediate Release

Students in DCU have voted to re-affiliate with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) this evening, after more than a decade outside the national representative body. This result follows Maynooth’s decision to remain affiliated, with close to 87% of students there voting ‘Yes’ to USI.

In DCU, 768 students voted to affiliate with 642 in opposition. In Maynooth, 1639 students voted ‘Yes’ to affiliation, with just 253 opposing. These positive results come after a vote for affiliation in Trinity in the first term.

USI President John Logue said:

“We are delighted to welcome DCU back into USI after more than a decade since they were last members. This result comes after Maynooth students reaffirmed their commitment to the national union earlier today. I hope that DCU students will now play an active role in our national campaigns and join with their peers across the country in fighting to protect and striving to enhance the student experience.

It has been a strange 48 hours. The unique circumstances in UCD, with their Students’ Union in financial difficulty, resulted in a vote to leave USI to focus on local issues. I have no doubt we will work with UCD again in the future and, with the return of DCU and a reaffirmation of Maynooth students’ support, USI can only go from strength to strength.”


For more information, contact USI Media and Communications Executive Ronan Costello on 085-1164263.


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