Why UK universities are funding Irish students to come home to vote

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

Ireland“Tears poured silently down my face as the Oxford Student’s Union debated the merits of the proposed motion: should eligible Irish students, regardless of means or voting preference, be financially supported to exercise their democratic right in Ireland’s upcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment? …” (more)

[Jennifer Cassidy, Irish Times, 23 May]

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Abortion vote: College campuses emerge as key battlegrounds

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

“As early as last January, when Government strategists began planning the timing of the abortion referendum, a single date stood out: May 25th. ‘It was the only available window to ensure as many students as possible would be able to vote’, says a political source. ‘The following Friday was a bank holiday weekend; any later meant thousands of students would have been abroad on J1 visas’ …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 May]

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Pro-Life Canvassers Removed from Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on May 1st, 2018 by steve

“Members of the Save the 8th campaign were asked to leave campus today by Trinity security, after the pro-life group established a stall in Fellows Square. Just yards away inside the Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) was registering students to vote ahead of the referendum on the eighth amendment on May 25th …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 1 May]

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I Get the Message, Varadkar Tells Students Over Concerns About Summer Abortion Referendum

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

Ireland“The government has promised to take into consideration student concerns about a referendum on the eighth amendment being held in the summer, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told students at a talk in Queen’s University Belfast …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 4 August]

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A Summer Repeal Referendum Would Suppress the Student Voice

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“No doubt many people will have now heard that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar last Friday announced his intention to potentially hold the repeal referendum next June or July. I am currently calling it the repeal referendum, as are many people, despite the fact we have no clear indication if we will actually be asked whether we want to repeal anything or not …” (more)

[Annie Hoey, University Times, 2 August]

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Universities and social change: the case of same-sex marriage

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“As most readers will undoubtedly know, Ireland voted on Friday last week on whether to amend the country’s Constitution (Bunreacht na hEireann, 1937) to include in the article on the family the following sentence …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 25 May]

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More students are expected to vote on Friday than in any other referendum

Posted in Governance and administration on May 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“More students are expected to vote on Friday than in any other referendum in recent times, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has said. As it launched a car-pooling initiative for students to get home to vote on Friday …” (more)

[Ryan Nugent, Independent, 19 May]

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Provost Tweets Annoyance at No Posters Featuring Trinity Front Gate

Posted in Life on May 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has tweeted his annoyance at referendum posters which feature both an image of a student in front of Trinity’s Front Gate and text reminding voters of their ‘Equal Right to Vote No’. In a tweet this evening, the Provost said …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 11 May]

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Cork IT suspends exams to allow students to vote in referendum

Posted in Teaching on April 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The IT is the latest college to change its exams timetable following DCU last month. Cork Institute of Technology has suspended its summer exams for a day to allow students a chance to vote in the upcoming Marriage Equality referendum …” (more)

[Eoghan Dalton, Campus.ie, 2 April]

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Just One Exam Scheduled in Trinity on Date of Marriage Equality Referendum

Posted in Teaching on March 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Just one exam is scheduled in Trinity on the date of the marriage equality referendum, following ‘mindful’ consideration from the College’s Exams Office, and a push from the College Board and TCDSU to make it as easy as possible for students to vote …” (more)

[Paul Glynn and Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 20 March]

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DCU students given time to vote in marriage referendum

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“One of the country’s largest colleges has altered its summer examination schedule in a move that will enable its students to vote in the Marriage Equality Referendum …” (more)

[Niall O’Connor, Independent, 17 March]

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Exam Timetable may be Altered for Referendum

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“UCD Students’ Union (UCDSU) and UCD Registry are set to engage in discussions over the possibility of altering the exam timetable for Semester 2, if the government decides to hold the Marriage Equality referendum during the exam period …” (more)

[Cian Carton, University Observer, 22 January]

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Students are ‘anxious to have their voices heard’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Third-level students are ‘anxious to have their voices heard’ on the issue of marriage equality, according to a leading body. The President of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), Laura Harmon, said students had a ‘once in a generation’ opportunity to make Ireland more equal through the referendum on marriage equality …” (more)

[Brian Byrne, Independent, 21 January]

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USI advises Government to hold Marriage Equality Referendum on or before May 1

Posted in Governance and administration on January 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland has urged the Government to consider holding the referendum on equal access to civil marriage before May 1st, as students will be doing their exams in May …” (more)

[Laura Mulqueen, Campus.ie, 6 January]

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Students ask for marriage-equality referendum to happen in April, not May

Posted in Governance and administration on January 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“… The Government has revealed the country will vote on same-sex marriage in early May, but the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) wants the referendum to be held in April. The USI claims most college-goers will be too busy with exams by May and has suggested April 24 as a possible date …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 2 January]

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USI president defends student turnout at Children’s Referendum

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2012 by steve

“The President of the Union of Students of Ireland, John Logue, has defended the student turnout at last weekend’s Children’s Referendum …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 18 November]

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Student voters urged to register

Posted in Governance and administration on May 12th, 2012 by steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today urged those not registered to vote in the upcoming referendum to do so by this Monday, May 14th. Students living away from home who are already registered to vote also have until the 14th to complete a change of address form …” (more)

[Irish Times, 12 May]

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Students say Yes to Lisbon … apparently

Posted in Legal issues on April 26th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“… According to ‘Generation Yes’, who sported their t-shirts with the boys wearing a blue top with ‘Yes, Yes, Yes’ and the girls wearing pink saying ‘I only Kiss boys who say Yes’, say the ‘EU is Ireland’s best friend’. First and foremost, the group is ‘grassroots’ and is ‘independent’. But they fail to mention the campaign director is Andrew Byrne, a former Trinity College students’ union president. He is now a member of the Green Party. Hazel Nolan, a UCC student and a member of the Labour Party, was involved with the Alliance for Europe in last year’s campaign. Doesn’t sound too independent to me …” (more)

[Indymedia Ireland, 25 April]

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EU is Ireland’s best friend, says student group

Posted in Life on April 25th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“Europe is ‘the best friend Ireland ever had’, according to a new pro-Lisbon campaign group launched in Dublin yesterday. Calling itself Generation Yes, the organisation of college students and graduates was armed with the slogan ‘EU – a safe harbour in the financial storm’ aimed at encouraging Ireland’s youth to vote Yes in a future referendum on the treaty. Using new media options like Twitter, Facebook, blogs, text messaging and its own website www.generationyes.ie, the group says it will ‘outline really clear and understandable’ explanations of the treaty and its benefits. They plan to campaign on the streets, on campuses and to support other pro-treaty groups …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 25 April]

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