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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Students Plan Trump Protest

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

Ireland“Students are ‘likely’ to protest US President Donald Trump’s visit to Ireland in November, according to leaders of students’ unions and activist groups. In an email statement to The University Times, the President of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), Síona Cahill said …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 10 September]

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USI Has Stepped Off the Anti-Fees Pedal, and May End Up Regretting It

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“This year isn’t the first time that the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has decided against holding its annual March for Education. In 2015, after the momentous victory of the yes side in the marriage equality referendum and with a general election on the horizon, the student movement also took a breather and opted to hold a national voter registration day in the march’s stead …” (more)

[University Times, 9 September]

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USI to Fight Housing Crisis, Not Fees, at Annual March

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students’ in Ireland (USI) will this year join the march for housing, instead of organising its annual pre-budget march for education, amid an ongoing housing crisis. Raise the Roof, the march for housing, will be held on October 3rd, and will be advocating for housing for all …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 6 September]

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The Provost’s Speech in Israel is Divorced from the Reality of Campus Opinion

Posted in Governance and administration on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast’s carefully crafted speech to graduates in Jerusalem this week almost certainly won him favour in the room. But back at home, it was met with outrage. Evidently feeling obliged to bring up the ‘sensitive’ topic of the anti-Israel protests that took place on campus almost 18 months ago, Prendergast apologised for the ‘regrettable’ actions …” (more)

[University Times, 19 August]

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Students’ silent protest to highlight accommodation crisis

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

Ireland“A silent protest by students demanding the Minister for Housing to build affordable accommodation was held on Friday. DCU Students’ Union, the Union of Students in Ireland along with volunteers from Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) group gathered outside new privately owned student accommodation New Mill on Merchants Quay …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 17 August]

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Either Trinity Knew What Fee Certainty Was, Or It Didn’t. Both Options Are Unfortunate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In March, when Take Back Trinity roiled the campus, College seemed to resolutely promise fee certainty to international and postgraduate students. Last week’s fiasco, which saw Trinity reverse course on a 5% fee increase for international students, therefore looks rather mystifying – even if, like us, you’ve become conditioned to expect rather elliptical decision-making from the College …” (more)

[University Times, 6 August]

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Trinity reverses decision to increase fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“College has agreed to reverse proposed 5% fee increases for international and postgraduate students following outcry from students. Following fee hikes for international and postgraduate students last week, Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) and the Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) held a meeting with College this morning to discuss the fee increases …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 30 July]

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It Would Be Unwise for College to Underestimate Take Back Trinity Again

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“College had finally settled down for the summer after an overwhelming year of student protests when it emerged this week that some international students had been charged an unexpected five per cent increase in fees. Bewilderment is what followed …” (more)

[University Times, 29 July]

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