Fiona O’Malley, of the Union Students of Ireland, writes:
The USI is calling for a change in the way the Irish language is taught at primary, secondary and third level. The union’s annual congress, held from the 21st – 24th March in Ennis, passed the motion that the VP for the Irish Language will direct a study, in collaboration with the relevant Irish language organisations and teachers’ unions, teacher-training colleges, between students, teachers, and others, to publish a collaborative report that would set out a progressive, comprehensive, and multilateral strategy regarding the teaching of Irish at primary and post primary level.
“The way Irish is taught in schools isn’t working,” Kevin Donoghue, USI President, said, “There needs to be more of an emphasis on the spoken language. Fluency is best reached through submersion, which is why we’re recommending all students go to the gaeltacht.”
“USI is concerned about the teaching of the Irish language at secondary level in Ireland and noted that many students believe that the Irish language is not “taught as a language” and that too much focus is put on literature instead of the oral practice.”
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.”
The Sheraton Hotel, Gleeson Street, Athlone, Co Westmeath.
A Union of Students in Ireland annual congress group shot and heart-shaped hand gesturing in support of the May marriage referendum and the launch of a campaign to “clear the decks” for students to vote.
USI President Laura Harmon sez:
“Students are overwhelmingly in favour of Marriage Equality, and complacency is simply not an option for us. We’re calling for all colleges, where necessary, to change exam times on the 22nd of May to allow students to vote….”
At the Union Student of Ireland National Congress at the Sheraton Athlone Hotel last night.
Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan (centre) with USI members from Cork IT (from left) Ciara O’Connor, Kelvin Moynihan, Shane Falvey, Matthew Donovan, Peter Glavin and Rachel Kiely.
Ms O’Sullivan took part in a “challenging but good natured discussion” with delegates that focused on the prospects for reform of the SUSI grant system, the development of Technological Universities and underinvestment in the higher education system.
IT Carlow SU 600
Cork IT SU 600
University College Cork SU 3500
IT Tralee SU 250
Limerick IT SU 264
Waterford IT SU 450
NUI, Galway SU: 3000
Maynooth Students’ Union: 2500
Galway Mayo IT SU: 1080
IT Sligo SU: 950
St Angela’s College, Sligo SU: 47
Athlone IT SU: 450
Letterkenny IT SU: 220
Dundalk IT SU: 100
St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra SU – 468
IT Tallaght SU – 700
Dublin City University SU – 800
Trinity College Dublin SU – 3150
IT Blanchardstown – 156
Dublin IT – 750
National College of Ireland SU – 175
At the launch of the Union of Students in Ireland Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance (SHAG) campaign in the National College of Ireland (NCI), Mayor Street, Dublin today were from left: Greg O’Donoghue, Lauren Daly, Keeva O’Neill, Aron Murphy and Jordon Nolan.
USI will distribute 45,000 ‘SHAG Packs’ to students across the country in collaboration with Durex, MSD and Think Contraception.
Each pack contains:
1) A condom,
2) Sachet of lube.
3) A ‘booklet on contraceptive options, safe sex and STIs’.