The Student Vote


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Union of Students in Ireland members Daniel Waugh, Molly Kenny, Kevin Donoghue (USI President), Trish O’Beirne and Jack Leahy outside the Dáil earlier today

Fiona O’Malley, of the USI, writes:

“Today the Union of Students in Ireland launched their General Election Manifesto 2016 outside the Dáil, focusing on how young people will have a deciding impact on the next government, in areas like higher education funding, repealing the 8th amendment and accommodation. USI have registered 80,000 students to vote in the last two years.”

Union of Students in Ireland

Earlier: My Generation

Pic: Conor McCabe

31 thoughts on “The Student Vote

  1. Daisy Chainsaw

    As with referenda, you can legally register to vote in more than one constituency. You don’t have to remove your name from your home electoral roll if you register where you go to college. It’s only an offence to vote more than once.

  2. Tony

    Funny- they were the same three issues we fought for in the 80’s. Good ole democracy, always delivers.

          1. Neilo

            @Bertie: and how! I draped myself over a wheelchair in a bid to get the juices flowing and The Tebbsinator blanked me.

  3. bisted

    …why don’t you get the candidates to sign pledges beforehand…like the Ruairi Quinn one last time…

    1. Neilo

      @The Old Boy: there’s a peculiar substratum of commenters on this board, immersed in arch popular culture and the love of a good knob joke.

        1. Neilo

          It’s not always primo gear, Old Boy, but the characters entertain me no end: when the board becomes an annex of Village magazine, we’ll no doubt have to seek our whimsy elsewhere.

  4. ahjayzis

    I kind of lost any respect for USI over their reaction to the increase in fees by about 300%.

    The protest days were fun-days, let’s all go marching, forget about it after.

    Mass-nonpayment never entered into it.

    1. Neilo

      I remember the USI marching in Dublin on the same day as senior citizens. The latter were purposeful firebrands, the former weak-as-water hedonists.

      1. ahjayzis

        That’s it.

        Leadership too scared of scotching their future in Dail Eireann to actually represent real discontent.
        They went with the option of being seen to be doing something, but not actually doing anything.

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