A fond farewell: a final word from NUI Galway Students’ Union 2017/18

The full NUI Galway SU executive

As this academic year draws to a close, a year brimming with human rights debates, countless storms and an abundance of free Freddo bars, we can’t help but reminisce on the year at hand and those who shaped each and every facet of it. It is undeniable that the Students’ Union here at NUI Galway […]

Students vote to stand together against sexual violence at USI Congress 2018

USI President Michael Kerrigan speaks at USI Congress 2018

USI’s 2018 Congress saw hundreds of policy motions voted on last week- on everything from mental health to union policies to repealing the 8th amendment. The most notable debates over the four days included equality for transgender and non-binary students, the Palestinian conflict and the upcoming referendum on the 8th amendment. Lines of students gathered […]

USI Congress 2018: Day Three

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Day Three of Congress Thursday April 5 went at a slower pace compared to the long day of motions the previous day. National and international affairs were discussed as were constitutional amendments. Any undiscussed motions from the previous two days were also voted on and a debate took place on EU refugee quotas between delegates […]

Young people “passionate about resolving issues” a force to be reckoned with

NUI Galway Education Officer Andrew Forde with students campaigning against

College campuses around the globe have long been hot-beds of political movements, from Kent State’s anti-war protests to more recent marriage equality campaigns in Irish third-level institutions. Graduate historian, academic researcher and associate lecturer Dr Steve Conlon has completed academic research on the history of the Irish student movement and its role in the public […]

USI Congress 2018: Day Two

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It was good news for Longford girl Síona Cahill today 4 April as she was deemed elected USI President 2018/19 on Day Two of USI Congress 2018 in Ballinasloe. However, the day was not without its controversy. A call was made to stop social media trolling against delegates during the afternoon. Fake twitter accounts were […]

USI Congress 2018: Day One

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The Union of Students Ireland’s (USI) annual Congress kicked off Tuesday 3 April in Ballinasloe with over 300 student delegates from across the country arriving for the three-day event. Day one marked the launch of the ‘Students for Choice’ campaign, with students also voting on USI policies that are due to expire, and the USI […]

SU President lives off direct provision budget for one week

Protests against Direct Provision

Following the lead of his DCU counterpart, current NUI Galway Students’ Union President Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh spent one week living on the meager allowance given to those in direct provision last month. He finished with just €4.20 in his pocket. He quickly learned how hard it is to try to live on just €21.60 for […]

NUIG v GMIT: meet the coach and fighters

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Fifteen students in NUI Galway will step into the ring with fifteen students from GMIT for a long-anticipated charity boxing showdown tonight in the Radisson Blu at 8pm. As the big night drew closer last week, SIN went along to a training session to meet those taking part. For the majority of the students in […]

The gloves are off: NUI Galway to take on rivals GMIT in charity boxing event

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Forget McGregor and Mayweather, the showdown of the season is set to take place at the end of this semester when NUI Galway students step into the ring with GMIT for charity. There will be 15 fights in total, with Student Union President Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh also taking on his GMIT counterpart Mark O’Brien at […]

One in six without accommodation as semester begins

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A survey of NUI Galway students has found that one in six participants had not found accommodation by 4 September this year – the first day of lectures on campus. The survey carried out by NUI Galway Students’ Union to uncover the depth of the accommodation crisis in the city was taken by 1,285 students […]