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

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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 […]

Ó Maoileannaigh backs USI campaign against “horrid” direct provision

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NUI Galway’s Students’ Union has joined the fight against the horrors of Ireland’s direct provision scheme and is actively taking part, along with numerous Student Unions across the country, in the protest against what SU President Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh referred to as the modern day Magdalene Laundries. On Saturday 20 January the SU and numerous […]

New NUI Galway president “banging the drum” for more third-level funding

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New NUI Galway President Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh believes that Ireland is “selling students short” by not investing enough into third-level education. The former Dean of UCD College of Business commenced his term as President this semester and told SIN that he is “banging the drum” for more funding for Irish universities, rather than focusing on […]

#Strike4Repeal: 8th Amendment protest held in Galway

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March 8, International Women’s Day saw NUI Galway Femsoc, Pro-Choice Galway, Parents for Choice, and SU and USI representatives march with individuals in favour of repealing the 8th amendment of the Irish constitution in solidarity with protestors across Ireland. Inspired by Black Monday in Poland, this was part of the nationwide call on Irish women […]

SU President highlights role of the Students’ Union as election race commences

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Thursday 23 February saw the start of another Student Union election race in NUI Galway. Students are competing for the role of President, Welfare Officer and Education Officer, the three full-time positions in the Students’ Union. As candidates launch their campaigns over the next week, Student Independent News spoke with current Students’ Union President Jimmy […]

Is free third-level education possible in Ireland?

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While typing the headline for this article, I stopped for a moment. Why am I questioning something which everybody I’ve talked to agrees with? We, as students, desire a third level education which provides us with career opportunities and without the burden of high fees each year. Past students faced the hike in student fees […]