USI protests absence of Gaeltacht Grants at Third Level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“On Thursday, 13th December the Union of Students in Ireland amongst their member organisations and Conradh na Gaeilge will protest the absence of any Gaeltacht Grants at Third Level for student teachers. Students will meet outside Leinster House at 1pm …” (more)

[USI, 11 December]

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Lunchtime rally at Dublin language school where staff not paid

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

Ireland“More than a dozen teachers and staff from the Grafton College English language school have ended their overnight occupation of the building in Portobello in south Dublin. Union representatives will hold a rally on Tuesday at 12.30pm in solidarity with the teachers at the school …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Sarah Burns and Brian Hutton, Irish Times, 4 December]

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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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Take Back Trinity Helped ‘Transform College Life’, Says Provost

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has praised the impact of this year’s Take Back Trinity protests, which he said helped ‘transform college life’. Prendergast made the comments in his annual review, published this evening, and said students ‘successfully protested against a supplemental exam fee in the ‘Take Back Trinity’ campaign …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 14 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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DCU student facing deportation granted stay until February

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

Ireland“A student at DCU who was facing deportation has been granted a stay until February 2019. Shepherd Machaya is a beneficiary of DCU’s University of Sanctuary status, a scheme that offers scholarships to ten asylum seekers every year …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 4 November]

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DCU Students’ Union condemns ‘rapist’ Mike Tyson’s visit

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

Ireland“Dublin City University’s Students’ Union has spoken out against convicted rapist Mike Tyson’s visit to on-campus-venue, the Helix. The former world heavyweight champion is due to appear in the Helix’s Mahony Hall for their sold out event ‘An Evening with Mike Tyson’, but the representative body for the students of DCU, where the Helix is situated, has criticised the event …” (more)

[Mícheál Ó Scannáil, Independent, 2 November]

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UCD Students Express Anger at Nighttime Construction in Residences

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

Ireland“UCD Students Union today hosted a Town Hall event to discuss the ongoing issues in student residences as a result of the ongoing construction of phase one of the residences master plan. Students in Merville, Roebuck and Glenomena accommodation had all reported that their study, sleep and health had all being affected by the ongoing construction …” (more)

[Aaron Bowman, College Tribune, 1 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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After Discord From Unions, USI Calls Emergency National Meeting

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) held an emergency national council today after member organisations raised issues with the national union’s campaign strategies both before and after Budget 2019 …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 24 October]

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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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Questions Surround Security Following Protest Disruption

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Enquiries have been made to various departments in UCC following a confrontation at a Young Fine Gael (YFG) society event involving An Tánaiste, Simon Coveney and two Connolly Youth Movement (CYM) protestors …” (more)

[Ciaran Dineen, UCC Express, 18 October]

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USI supports DITSU campaign to prevent Library closures

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) expresses its support and solidarity with Dublin Institute of Technology Students’ Union (DITSU) as they protest the severe and recurrent staffing shortages across their college, which have now had a hugely detrimental impact on library opening hours …” (more)

[USI, 17 October]

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Pro-Palestine protesters confront UK’s Israeli ambassador in Belfast

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

“There were angry scenes as pro-Palestinian protesters confronted the UK’s Israeli ambassador at Queen’s University in Belfast. A protester was restrained as several attempted to follow Mark Regev’s car as he left the historic institution following a visit to speak to students …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 16 October]

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At Higher Education Town Hall, Students at Cross Purposes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) this evening appealed to students for their views on the future of the campaign for higher education funding, with divisions emerging between those calling for a single-issue education campaign and those arguing for a wider social movement encompassing housing …” (more)

[Aisling Marren and Ciannait Khan, University Times, 16 October]

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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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