SUs at odds with USI and activists over direct provision movement

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Relations between students’ unions around the country and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) are fraught over developments in campaigning against direct provision. The tensions follow a meeting of students’ union leaders in recent weeks to discuss a national, union-led campaign against direct provision …” (more)

[Peter Kelly and Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 28 January]

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Students’ Unions Are Tackling Direct Provision Together – But Without USI

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In the come-down from a momentous victory, freed from the focus on the repeal of the eighth amendment, the student movement has already joined a wider variety of protests this year, urging action on climate change or bewailing the state of Ireland’s sex education …” (more)

[University Times, 21 January]

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Trinity to Offer More Places for Students in Direct Provision By September

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The College has established a working group aiming to offer a Trinity undergraduate education to students living in direct provision by next September, The University Times has learned. The working group will explore options for opening up College’s education to those in direct provision …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan and Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 18 January]

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UL Students Boycott Restaurants Over Direct Provision Link

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students at the University of Limerick are boycotting restaurants on campus over their links to direct provision centres …” (more)

[Clare FM, 28 November]

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University of Limerick students to boycott restaurants over direct provision link

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students at the University of Limerick are to stage a boycott this Wednesday against several on-campus restaurants and cafes, due to the operator’s affiliation with the direct provision system …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 26 November]

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Aramark Off Our Campus continue protest campaign outside Westland Eats

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Aramark Off Our Campus continued their boycott campaign today with a second protest taking place outside Westland Eats. Trinity students displayed banners stating ‘Aramark Profits From Human Suffering’ and ‘Westland Eats Funds Refugee Imprisonment’ as part of the demonstration …” (more)

[Ciaran Sunderland, Trinity News, 21 November]

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USI Votes to Boycott Aramark Over Direct Provision Links

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has this evening voted to boycott Aramark, a company that runs catering outlets on campuses around Ireland, for its links to direct provision. USI’s national council, made up of sabbatical officers from all its member organisations, has voted to support the Aramark off our Campus campaign …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 16 November]

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University of Limerick students ‘undeterred’ in direct provision campaign

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick students are ‘undeterred’ from their campaign to end the university’s connection with a direct provision service provider after it distributed leaflets on campus defending its services …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 12 November]

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In UL, Aramark Defends Direct Provision Links

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“After the launch of a ‘Students Against Direct Provision’ campaign in the University of Limerick (UL), Aramark has distributed leaflets to students in UL defending its involvement in Direct Provision …” (more)

[Jordan Nann, University Times, 9 November]

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Aramark Off Our Campus campaign returns with Westland Eats protest

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students protested outside Westland Eats this afternoon to oppose the presence of catering company Aramark on campus. Protesters gathered outside Westland Eats for an hour during lunchtime in the ‘Aramark Off Our Campus’ campaign’s first direct action of the semester …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 1 November]

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University of Limerick students call for end to direct provision system

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students at the University of Limerick are to call on the university to reconsider its contract with a campus food service provider due to its ties to the direct provision system. Aramark Ireland, which provides services to three direct provision centres in Ireland, runs seven restaurants and cafes on the UL campus …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 22 October]

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Teen who taught herself English, translated school books and received star results criticises ‘restrictive’ asylum-seeker education scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A young woman who taught herself English and translated two year’s worth of exam books has criticised the Government’s ‘restrictive’ education scheme for asylum seekers. Juliana (18) moved to Ireland from Albania with her mum, dad and brother when she was 14-years-old …” (more)

[Olivia McGill, Independent, 23 September]

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Asylum seeker in Waterford seeks €3,000 in public backing for university studies

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A student living in direct provision in Waterford has made an online appeal for money so he can continue his university studies …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 3 August]

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Aramark Responds to ‘Aramark off UCD Campus’ Campaign

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In response to the launch of the campaign to boycott Aramark on UCD campus, Aramark have released a statement to the University Observer. Aramark provide catering for three out of the 35 direct provision centres in Ireland. The boycott campaign has been set up by students who believe Aramark are profiting from a system in which asylum seekers are ill-treated …” (more)

[Aoife Hardesty, University Observer, 9 February]

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Aramark Off UCD Campus set to Officially Launch Campaign on Wednesday

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Aramark Off UCD Campus, a student group formed to boycott the presence of catering company Aramark on campus, due to their involvement with the Direct Provision system, is set to officially launch their campaign on Wednesday, 7th February. Students first began to boycott the canteen in the Gerard Manley Hopkins building last November …” (more)

[College Tribune, 6 February]

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DCU becomes University of Sanctuary for people in Direct Provision

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Refugees in Direct Provision will be the focus of attention in DCU this week when the facility becomes the first designated University of Sanctuary in Ireland. A series of events will take place, including sport and language practice opportunities. Some students at the university will try to live on €21.60 cents for the week – the amount received by those in Direct Provision …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 29 January]

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UCD students to launch boycott of Aramark campaign on February 7

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students at University College Dublin (UCD) are launching a campaign to boycott the catering company Aramark on February 7. The students are lobbying for UCD to end ties with the business, who caters for three direct provision centers across Ireland. A representative for the lobby group spoke to Trinity News …” (more)

[Seana Davis, Trinity News, 27 January]

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USI Protest Against Aramark Due To Mistreatment In Direct Provision Centres

Posted in Life on January 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have staged a protest outside of retailer Avoca on Suffolk Street, Dublin, in protest against the Aramark-owned company’s connections to direct provision centres in Ireland. Students of Trinity College Dublin also organised a boycott of the Aramark-run caterer on campus, Westland Eats, in November …” (more)

[Samantha Calthrop, UCC Express, 17 January]

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Students to Protest Outside Hamilton Cafes

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students will protest outside the Westland Eats food outlets in the Hamilton building – run by Aramark, the company criticised for its involvement in direct provision centre – in its ‘first direct action’ on Trinity campus. The protest will take place next Wednesday and is being run by the Aramark off our Campus campaign group, which aims to end Trinity’s contract with the company …” (more)

[Ciaran Molloy and Niamh Egleston, University Times, 16 January]

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USI protest against Avoca over direct provision ties

Posted in Governance and administration on December 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students Ireland (USI) held a protest today outside Avoca on Suffolk Street due to its ties with Aramark. The USI is calling on Avoca to end its ties with Aramark, the company that provides food to direct provision centres in Cork, Limerick and Meath. Aramark bought Avoca in 2015 from the Pratt family for €59.9 million …” (more)

[Sarah Meehan, Trinity News, 23 December]

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