Kelly’s chance to shine

Ireland“Depending on your point of view, Shane Kelly is the luckiest or unluckiest student leader in the past five years. As president of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) he is spearheading the student backlash against the possible reintroduction of third-level fees. High profile and hugely important, the campaign is a student politician’s dream. But there is another side to it. ‘I’m sure Kelly is immensely stressed right now,’ says one commentator. ‘There’s every chance that fees will return, and that they will return on his watch.’ USI has struggled in recent years, shaken by internal bickering, resignations and weakened by an apathetic student population. Now, as it celebrates its 50th anniversary, the union has gathered its composure and is mounting a defence of the fees status quo …” (more)

[Gráinne Fuller, Irish Times, 17 March]

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