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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Students Had Five Years to Mobilise Against A Smoke-Free Campus

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

Ireland“At long last, Tobacco Free Trinity has finally achieved its goal. Trinity is now a smoke-free campus, after years of planning and debate and in spite of the rancour of some students. After initially coming out against it, Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) eventually softened its position and then decided it’d be better off having no stance at all …” (more)

[University Times, 17 December]

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NUIGSU lose case against student accommodation provider Cúirt na Coiribe

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

Ireland“National University of Ireland Galway Students’ Union (NUIGSU) have lost a case brought against private student accommodation provide, Cúirt na Coiribe. The case was filed following a decision to increase rent rates in the accommodation complex. Speaking to Trinity News, NUIGSU President Megan Reilly stated the result was in accordance with what the SU had been expecting …” (more)

[Michael Gilna, Trinity News, 29 November]

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Ulster University to introduce Irish language signs at Students’ Union

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2018 by steve

“The proposal was given the go-ahead at a meeting of Ulster University’s Students’ Council on Tuesday. The Ulster University has four campuses, one in Belfast, Coleraine, Jordanstown and Londonderry. Each location has their own students’ union …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 21 November]

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UUSU Vote to Remain Members of NUS-USI

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

“In a whopping 90.2%–9.8% result, Ulster University Students’ Union have voted to remain members of NUS-USI. Voting took place this week from Tuesday 13th to Thursday 15th November across all UU Campus’. Members and Officer Board of the trilateral agreement flocked to Ulster University throughout the week to campaign in favour of the long standing membership and outline its benefits to students around campus …” (more)

[USI, 16 November]

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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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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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Students at Ireland’s Newest University Could Wait a Decade for Their Union

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

Ireland“The process of merging the three students’ unions at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT) and Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) into a single union for the new Technological University Dublin could take 10 years, former union officers have warned …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 9 September]

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Galway student unions highlight student accommodation crisis

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

Ireland“Galway’s third level Student Unions have come together to condemn rent prices in the city. The call comes ahead of the return of thousands of third levels students for the beginning of the new academic year. The unions have criticised the prevalence of new ‘luxury’ student housing …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 27 August]

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UL Student Union rebrand sparks controversy

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

Ireland“A rebranding of the University of Limerick Students Union has caused widespread outrage among the student body. The change of name to UL Student Life followed a research study conducted by fourth-year business students concluded that the term ‘union’ was responsible for a lack of student engagement with the organisation …” (more)

[Aimee Wells, Limerick Post, 2 August]

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Students’ Unions Don’t Represent All. We Should be Able to Opt Out

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 26th, 2018 by steve

“Over the weekend, members of Young Fine Gael debated a motion that both Kerry and Trinity branches proposed to members at the Garret Fitzgerald Summer School – a motion to campaign for the freedom to opt-out of their students’ unions and to allow for freedom of association with them …” (more)

[Liam Byrne, University Times, 25 July]


Students in uproar over €20K union rebrand at University of Limerick

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

“The rebranding of the University of Limerick Students’ Union to ‘UL Student Life’ has been met with a backlash. Students past and present blasted the announcement on social media and demanded answers for the sudden name change …” (more)

[Anthony Geoghegan, Limerick Leader, 24 July]

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UCDSU’s Plagiarism is a Tacit Acceptance of the Work That USI Does

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

“There were whispers of bemusement from many corners of the student movement this week when it was revealed that University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) had plagiarised almost the entirety of the Union of Students’ in Ireland’s (USI) pre-budget submission. It’s a strange move for a union that has defiantly declared over the years that it didn’t need USI to hold its hand on the national stage …” (more)

[University Times, 22 July]

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QUBSU Reaches ‘Milestone’ Agreement Over Autonomy

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

“Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union (QUBSU) has made significant progress in its bid to become an autonomous students’ union, securing a promise from the university to fund a project exploring how the union could become independent …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 12 June]

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Christmas is cancelled at UCC

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Next year’s UCC ‘Christmas Day’ college celebrations have been cancelled following a flood of complaints from residents near the college. A meeting of the city’s Joint Policing Committee heard that the student event caused havoc in the residential area around University College Cork on November 23 and as a result, the UCC Students’ Union have promised the event will not return next year …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, Evening Echo, 19 December]

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University of Limerick Students’ Union’s war of words with editor over paper’s future

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A bitter war of words has erupted between the University of Limerick Students’ Union and the campus newspaper, after a decision was made to change An Focal to a monthly publication. A spokesperson for ULSU said that the decision was made in response to ‘the particular experience’ it had with its outgoing editor Seamus Toomey, who held the position since August …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh and Aisling O’Connor, Limerick Leader, 9 December]

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DITSU Leadership Bungles USI Referendum Plan

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A bid by senior officers in Dublin Institute of Technology Students’ Union (DITSU) to hold a referendum on membership of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) failed on Thursday night, after a vote of the students’ union council …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 8 December]

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The Case for the Opt-Out Option

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A petition has been launched in Trinity, as many reading this will be aware, for a referendum which would enable students to opt-out of the student union. Even with the initiative in its infancy, the debate surrounding this idea is proving to be quite divisive. In this article, I would like to outline as simple as possible why I support the right of students to leave the union …” (more)

[Donnchadh Curran, Burkean Journal, 5 December]

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‘Students all over the country are dissatisfied with their Student Unions’ – DCU the latest to question union’s abortion stance

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) students have become the latest to question their Students’ Union’s stance on abortion. As Ireland prepares for an abortion referendum next year, students across the country are questioning their SU’s stance …” (more)

[Fionnuala Walsh and Kyle Ewald, Independent, 3 December]

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Student Sit-In Planned, as Tallaght IT Fails to Hire Union Secretary

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students in Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT) will be staging a sit-in on Friday to protest the college’s delay in hiring a new full-time secretary for the students’ union. Organised by Institute of Tallaght Students’ Union (ITTSU), the sit-in is the latest response to the months-long delay in hiring a new staff member after the union’s old secretary retired in September …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 29 November]

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