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Last night.

A campus-wide ban on the Irish Daily Star was re-affirmed by the university’s Students Union for another three years.

The paper was removed from sale at the college in 2015 after it featured a photo on its front page of the five UCD Students’ who were killed in the Berkeley balcony collapse  “in a very despicable manner”.

Meanwhile

Cattle on the move in Ireland.

The CVERA boffins write:

We’re a small research centre in UCD up to our oxters in veterinary epidemiology; looking at diseases, disease control, health and welfare, etc., in animal populations.

Most of what we do is only of interest to government, industry, the farming community and veterinary professionals, but, on occasion, we produce material which has wider appeal.

Above is an animation we created representing cattle movements in Ireland in 2016. I’ll not ruin the mood by discussing why epidemiologists don’t like lots of animal movements! We just thought it might be visually appealing and thought provoking for BS readers!

CVERA (UCD)

Last night.

University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4

President of the European Council Donald Tusk  became an Honorary member of University College Dublin (UCD) Law society.

Mr Tusk gave a speech addressing his vision of Europe, Politics and Brexit , the future of European integration beyond the completion of the Monetary and Banking Union and his personal experience as a student political activist in Poland.

Mr Tusk told the audience (including Louise Hogan, Law Society auditor, top):

“I don’t like Brexit. Actually, that’s an understatement: I believe Brexit is one of the saddest moments in twenty first-century European history. In fact, sometimes I am even furious about it.”

Get him.

EU’s Donald Tusk Says He’s Sometimes Furious About Brexit (Bloomberg)

Sam Boal/RollingNews

Meanwhile…

Last night.

Ulster Hall, Belfast

The Freedom of the City of Belfast is bestowed by Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister (left) on former US President Bill Clinton and Senator George Mitchell, both in town to mark the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement

Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

Last night.

Kathleen McNamee and Dominic McGrath, in The University Times, reported on the impeachment of UCD Students’ Union president Katie Ascough.

Ms Ascough is the daughter of Tom Ascough, who sits on the Iona Institute’s board of directors.

Ms McNamee and Mr McGrath reported:

An overwhelming majority of voters, 69 per cent, chose to impeach University College Dublin Students’ Dublin (UCDSU) President Katie Ascough from her role.

The result follows two days of voting which saw thousands of students participate. Today’s vote saw one of the highest voter turnouts the union has seen in recent years.

Ascough came out defiant in her speech following the vote. “I fought the good fight. I have been open and honest. I have respected the law”, she said. While she offered something of an olive branch to her former UCDSU colleagues, she didn’t apologise for her actions.

Universities, she said, cannot function without “respect for those with different beliefs”. Such rhetoric was a mainstay of the campaign, with Ascough pitching the vote as a battle for democracy and freedom of speech.

In her speech, after a long night of disappointment for her supporters, Ascough seemed to suggest her defeat tonight might be something of a catalyst for change in Irish universities. “I hope we can build an atmosphere of inclusion to those who might not fit the stereotypical image of an SU president”, she said.

…Through the twists and turns of a campaign that seemed surreal at times, many have suggested tonight’s vote was something of an early indication of what a repeal referendum might look like in 2018.

…With over 1,200 signatures, the petition to trigger the referendum was submitted three weeks ago. It was started after Ascough removed abortion access information from the UCDSU freshers’ guide, Winging It. The move was seen by the pro-impeachment campaign as undermining the union’s pro-choice mandate. The campaign also objected to the €8,000 cost of reprinting.

After UCD Votes to Impeach, Ascough Comes Out Defiant (University Times)

Pic: Irish Election Literature

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This morning.

N11 flyover, Belfield, Dublin 4

Members of ‘UCD For Choice’ launch a banner drop off in support of repealing the Eighth Amendment.

UCD For Choice’s Mary Hayes  writes:

“We’re a group for all the pro-choice students, staff and alumni in UCD. We’ll be hosting monthly events to encourage active engagement from members in our campaign for constitutional change…”

Fight!

UCD For Choice Group Set Up To Campaign On Campus (The College Tribune)

Earlier: Eighth Days A Week

Thanks David Burns

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David Burns, of the UCD Students’ Union, writes:

UCD Students’ Union, TCD Students’ Union and Daft.ie are working together to create more student-specific bed spaces in Dublin ahead of the 2016/17 academic year.

The campaign idea is simple: encourage Dublin homeowners [or tenants who have permission to sublet] to let out spare rooms as digs to students by advertising the available tax incentives. Under Irish law, homeowners don’t have to pay tax on rental income earned from digs unless it exceeds a yearly cap of €12,000.

TCD, UCD and Daft.ie are promoting this information with geo-targeted adverts online which will be featured on DoneDeal.ie, Adverts.ie as well as a joint social media campaign.

The project is valued at €8,000 and features blog post testimonials of positive experiences.

Get tax-free rent for student digs (Daft.ie)

Hmmm.