2,176 students from Dublin City University Students’ Union (DCUSU) voted to remain with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) with a total of 2,304 votes cast. Polls opened at 9am on Thursday the 1st of December and closed at 5pm on Friday the 2nd of December. Final result was 94% of DCUSU voters said yes to USI.
Speaking after the result was announced, USI President Annie Hoey thanked the campaign team and the students of DCU. “We want to thank the students who lead this campaign on DCU campuses. We campaigned across the Glasnevin and St Patrick’s campuses, and spoke to thousands of students who knew about the work done by USI. The results show that USI and the work of the national student movement is being recognised by students. The last referendum was won with just a single vote cast in favour of DCUSU becoming affiliated with USI in 2013. We are delighted that DCU students voted overwhelmingly in favour of remaining affiliated to USI. We look forward to continuing our work representing DCU students on a national level.”
“DCUSU are better being a part of USI, but USI are stronger with DCUSU in it. With the campaign for a student teacher stipend coming in 2017 and the campaign against income-contingent loans raging on the power and effort from DCUSU will be key”, Hoey said.
Vice President for Welfare and Dublin Region, Cian Power, said, “I’m delighted to see DCUSU staying in USI and fighting alongside us and other colleges in Ireland. We are better together. Our job is now to unite together and fight for publicly funded higher education”.
TOTAL VOTES CAST: 2,304