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You should vote

You should use your vote to ensure the things which matter to you are brought to councils and the European Parliament.  Local authorities (councils) take many localised decisions in Ireland and can make nominations for the Irish presidency.  They can be a useful place to have debates which affect students take place – so it’s important to have people elected who understand students and care about education.

By some measures, the European Parliament decides on around 60 percent of all the law in Europe.  It votes on the proposals of the European Commission and co-decides on many of the initiatives which result in EU expenditure.  It has a major role in trans-European education policy – the Lifelong Learning Programme, managed through the Culture and Education Committee funds the Erasmus scheme, for instance.

Only 5 days left to register to vote in local, European and by-elections

How to vote

Voting in both these elections is by the single transferable vote (STV) method, which results in reasonable proportionality for elections where there is more than one seat to be filled by the same electorate.

To vote, attend your designated polling station during the hours of polling and proceed to the registration table.

  1. At the table, you may find it convenient to show an identification document – but it’s not strictly necessary.  Your name will be crossed off the list and you will be given the ballot papers.
  2. You may be directed to a specific polling booth.
  3. In the polling booth you’ll find a pencil – on the ballot paper, beside the names of the candidates in the election, there will be a box.
  4. In the box beside the name of the candidate you would most like to be elected, write the number 1.
  5. In the box beside your second preference candidate, write the number 2 – and continue this as far as you would like.  You may place a number beside each candidate in order of your preference (voting down the paper) or you may stop when you’ve gone as far as you’d like.
  6. Don’t make any other mark on the paper and don’t sign it or write anything in protest on the paper – except if your objective is to make sure your vote is not counted.
  7. If you make a mistake, you can go back to the registration table and hand in your ballot paper to have it replaced.
  8. Once you’re finished voting, you’ll be directed to a ballot box – place the paper in the box.

Only 5 days left to register to vote in local, European and by-elections

Elections to the European Parliament, 2014

Polling: Friday. May 23, 2014: 7.00 am – 10.00 pm

Election is by Single Transferable Vote (Vote 1,2,3 etc in order of your preference) Elections will take place of eleven MsEP (Members of the European Parliament). There are three European Parliament constituencies in Ireland (Dublin, Midlands-North-West, South):

  • Dublin covers the whole of County Dublin and has three MsEP
  • The new constituency of Midlands-North-West will elect four MsEP.  Cavan, Donegal, Galway, Kildare, Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo and Westmeath; and the city of Galway.
  • The South constituency elects four MsEP.  It is comprised of the following counties: Carlow, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Kilkenny, Limerick, North Tipperary, South Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow; and the cities of Cork, Limerick and Waterford.

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Local Elections 2014

Polling: Friday. May 23, 2014: 7.00 am – 10.00 pm

Election is by Single Transferable Vote (Vote 1,2,3 etc in order of your preference) These elections take place after the coming into force of the Local Government Reform Act 2014, under which city and county councils will be contested under substantially redrawn local electoral area boundaries, including an overall increase of seats to 949, up from 883 in the 2009 local elections.

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European Parliament Candidates Debates

Promote the Vote: Dublin Region European Parliament Election Hustings Will be streamed Live on Tuesday, May 20th, link below.

Promote the Vote: Southern Region European Parliament Election Hustings

Promote the Vote:  Midlands-North-West Region European Parliament Election Hustings

Get the Twibbon


USI has prepared a Twibbon campaign so you can let the world know you’re voting in these elections.

Click here to add the #ImVoting Twibbon to your profile now , this one is for the weeks running up to the election. On polling day after you vote, switch your profile Twibbon to the #IVoted by clicking here.


Survey of MEP Candidates on Youth Issues

Please read the MEP candidate survey responses on Youth Issues below. We issued the survey to all 41 candidates and we got 16 responses in total.

The candidates that did not respond are as follows:

Dublin Region

  • Brian Hayes – Fine Gael
  • Mary Fitzpatrick – Fianna Fáil
  • Thomas Darcy – Direct Democracy Ireland (DDI)
  • Raymond Whitehead – DDI
  • Jim Tallon – Independent

Southern Region

  • Sean Kelly MEP – Fine Gael
  • Deirdre Clune – Fine Gael
  • Brian Crowley MEP – Fianna Fáil
  • Grace O’Sullivan – Green Party
  • Liadh Ní Riada – Sinn Féin
  • Jan Van De Ven – DDI
  • Dónal Ó’Ríordáin – Fís Nua
  • Theresa Heaney – Catholic Democrats (CD)
  • Richard Cahill – Independent
  • Peter O’Loughlin – Independent


  • Jim Higgins MEP – Fine Gael
  • Mairead McGuinness MEP – Fine Gael
  • Pat The Cope Gallagher MEP – Fianna Fáil
  • Thomas Byrne – Fianna Fáil
  • Matt Carthy – Sinn Féin
  • Ben Gilroy – DDI
  • Marian Harkin MEP – Independent
  • Rónán Mullen – Independent
  • Mark Fitzsimmons – Independent
  • TJ Fay – Independent

N/A in the Table below indicates no response.

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pic 2 candidate responses

pic 3 candidate responses

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pic 6 candidate responses

*You can also check it out on survey monkey or get the PDF version for downloading.


The further in advance you book your travel home to vote on Friday May 23rd the cheaper it will be! Always try to book online and use your student card to get the best option for you.

Book your student travel arrangements below:

Irish Rail.

Bus Eireann.

Dublin Bus