What Do We Want?



USI members: from leftSiona O’Connor, Kieron Pierson, Ruth Doran, Glen Fitzpatrick and Eve O’Connor

The launch today of the  Union of Students in Ireland pre-budget submission at Temple Bar’s Smock Alley Theatre.

The national student movement issued an INVITE  to members of the Oireachtas to “advocate for the improvement of students’ lives”.

USI President Laura Harmon sez:

“Education is too expensive. Too many students and prospective students are worrying about whether they can afford to go to college. The level of the grant as it stands today gives opportunity to the least well-off candidates in the country to attend third level education and develop skills for life. Cutting the grant or shifting the thresholds downwards would certainly price even more students out of education – and that means pricing students out of a future.”

A “national rally for education” will take place in Dublin on October 8.


Pic: Conor McCabe

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10 thoughts on “What Do We Want?

  1. Soft like

    It’s about time students union through out Ireland start to protest more they are being educated to emigrate. It’s something that should be brought to the forefront.

  2. chicken

    Whats wrong with emigrating? It broadens your horizons & introduces you to other people, cultures, etc. I left a job to move to Germany and it was the best deicion that I have ever made, more money, better quality of life, better experience working with people of all nationalities, diversity etc.
    Yes you miss your family & friends, but you stay friends with the ones you want to, and you can make new friends, and actually when you do go home, you spend better quality time with them, as you are actually there for that purpose.

    1. geebag

      “I left a job to move to Germany…”

      There’s a clue there. You had a job and a choice. There’s nothing wrong with it when someone wants to go but when you feel you have no other choice it’s not so great.

  3. geebag

    Two of these people need to learn how speech/thought bubbles work. What do they teach them at school at all?

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