Queen’s Students Protest Against Israeli Ambassador

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

“Students at Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union (QUBSU) are protesting against a visit to the university by Israeli ambassador Mark Regev. Students blocked the entrance to a room in the Law School where Regev was due to speak …” (more)

[Aisling Marren and Donal MacNamee, University Times, 16 October]

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USI defends budget response following De Rís criticism

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has denied allegations that its recent housing campaign has pushed its stance against fees to the sidelines, and that it had a weak response to Budget 2019. In an email to Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union President Shane De Rís and other SU sabbatical officers from USI affiliated unions, USI President Síona Cahill outlined that …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 11 October]

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Student march highlights lack of mental health support services

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The rightful entitlement to democratic freedom of expression was reflected on the streets of Athlone on Wednesday afternoon when students from Athlone Institute of Technology marched, in peaceful protest mode, from the education establishment to Burgess Park in the centre of town, expressing their immense dissatisfaction at the lack of funding allocated to third level institution mental health counselling services …” (more)

[Ronan Fagan, Athlone Advertiser, 11 October]

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50 Strong Protest at NUIG over Underfunding of Counselling Service

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A crowd of approximately 50 has turned out at the NUI Galway Students Union organised demonstration this evening to highlight the alleged underfunding of the university’s counselling service …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 10 October]

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Hillary Clinton warns NI peace is ‘fragile’ as she accepts honorary doctorate in Belfast

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

“Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) at Queen’s University Belfast for her exceptional public service in the US and globally, and for her contribution to peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 10 October]

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USI criticises proposed €500 million ‘rainy day fund’

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have today criticised a proposed €500 million ‘rainy day fund’ which will come ‘instead of investment in third level education’. USI are set to demonstrate at 8am tomorrow at Leinster House ‘to publicly denounce’ the fund …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 8 October]

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Protestors confront Tánaiste at UCC over housing crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Tensions around the housing crisis reached boiling point in Cork on Monday night after protestors interrupted a Brexit briefing from Tanaiste Simon Coveney. Security had to be called to a lecture theatre in University College Cork last night after a heated discussion on housing between the Tanaiste and members of the Connolly Youth Movement …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 3 October]

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Protest at Queen’s University over degree honour for Hillary Clinton

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2018 by steve

“A protest is planned against Hillary Clinton’s visit to Belfast next week. The former US Secretary of State will be presented with an honorary degree from Queen’s University on Wednesday. She will be recognised for her ‘exceptional public service in the USA and globally’, and her ‘outstanding’ contribution to peace and reconciliation here …” (more)

[Adrian Rutherford, Belfast Telegraph, 4 October]

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USI say 6,000 third level students protested in ‘Raise the Roof’ rally in Dublin City

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Member unions of the Union of Students Ireland (USI), along with UCDSU, marched on Leinster House today in protest of the national housing and homelessness crisis. Beginning at the Garden of Remembrance, student unions from all over the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland gathered together to call for radical change in housing legislation and tenant’s rights, before the Dáil vote next week …” (more)

[Dylan O’Neill, University Observer, 3 October]

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3,000 Students March as Housing Protests Escalate

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As anger over the housing crisis intensifies, students from all over the country descended on the Garden of Remembrance this morning to march for better housing, ahead of the national Raise the Roof rally …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 3 October]

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USI’s Absence from Saturday’s O’Connell Bridge Action Suggests It’s Out of Touch

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Scrolling through social media on Saturday, any young person would quickly have become aware of the angry protestors blocking traffic on either side of O’Connell Bridge, demanding better housing in Ireland for the umpteenth time. If you were keeping up with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) on Instagram, however, you would have noticed the national students’ union documenting the travails of officers as they sat comfortably in a classroom undergoing steward training for the upcoming National March for Housing …” (more)

[University Times, 24 September]

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USI Stages Protest Outside Private Student Accommodation

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today protested outside private purpose-built student accommodation as part of the national day of action organised by Take Back the City. Students’ union officers gathered outside the Aparto student complex, Dorset Point, today to protest high-cost private student accommodation …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 22 September]

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Students protest over price of apartments

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

Ireland“Students in Cork have claimed they are being used as ‘cash cows’ for private developers who are charging up to €9,000 a year for a box room. Students from University College Cork (UCC) and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) turned out yesterday to protest against both the lack of student accommodation in Cork, and the price of the accommodation that is available …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 21 September]

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UCD Common Room Members to Boycott New €14m Club

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Members of the UCD Common Room Club based in the Newman Building are considering a boycott action against the new Club, currently under construction in response to plans to close the Common Room at the end of this semester. The Club which will cost €14 million to complete as is intended only for staff, donors and corporate guests has been a source of controversy recently on campus …” (more)

[Aaron Bowman, College Tribune, 18 September]

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Take Back Trinity: a radical reminder

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

Ireland“On an overcast morning in March, Provost Patrick Prendergast announced the introduction of a €450 supplemental examination fee. Trinity’s student populace had faced an endless list of issues with the university’s officials as it stood, but it was this event that became the catalyst for unprecedented student reaction. We now know this as a pivotal moment in the College’s recent history: Take Back Trinity …” (more)

[Hiram Harrington, Trinity News, 16 September]

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Accommodation crisis has reached ‘peak’ according to SU President

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway Students’ Union president, Megan Reilly, told SIN this week that the student accommodation crisis has reached ‘peak point’. The comments come ahead of the union’s upcoming ‘Crisis Campout’ protest, which is being planned in conjunction with Galway Mayo Institute of Technology’s Students’ Union and the One Galway initiative …” (more)

[Graham Gillespie, SIN, 13 September]

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Students to protest over ‘breaking point’ rent levels

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students will next week protest outside a new student accommodation building in Cork over the housing crisis and its impact on those pursuing third-level education. The joint demonstration by UCC and CIT students’ unions will follow a separate housing protest set to take place in Cork tomorrow …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 14 September]

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Trinity students rally against ‘gardaí and landlord alliance’

Posted in Life on September 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students rallied against the ‘gardaí and landlord alliance’ alongside housing activists this evening. Protesters engaged in a sit-down protest on O’Connell Street where they obstructed traffic at the Parnell monument at the north end of the street. Demonstrators met outside 34 North Frederick street earlier this evening to protest what many called was a violent response from Gardaí last night as occupiers were evicted from the property …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 12 September]

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Around the Country, Students Get Creative to Fight for Housing

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Student activists have had a hectic few years. Between the momentous victories that were the referendums on same-sex marriage and the eighth amendment, to Trinity students’ bold resistance of supplemental fees, student movements have recently seen unprecedented success. Since the repeal campaign reached its climax back in May, students have turned their attention to the next big issue: accommodation …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan, University Times, 10 September]

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Student Unions to Highlight Galway’s Rental Crisis in Eyre Square Sleepout

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The GMIT and NUIG Student Unions, along with the One Galway Initiative will hold a Crisis Campout on Eyre Square tomorrow to highlight a critical shortage of student accommodation in the city …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 10 September]

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