USI Protest Against Aramark Due To Mistreatment In Direct Provision Centres

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have staged a protest outside of retailer Avoca on Suffolk Street, Dublin, in protest against the Aramark-owned company’s connections to direct provision centres in Ireland. Students of Trinity College Dublin also organised a boycott of the Aramark-run caterer on campus, Westland Eats, in November. Aramark, which bought Avoca…

Students Waiting Up To 6 Weeks for Counselling Services

On October 10th thousands of Irish people took to social media to post inspirational stories, quotes, and valuable contact details in celebration of World Mental Health Day. In the demanding grind of college students, in particular, are facing increased challenges with regards to their mental health. Depression, anxiety, substance misuse and suicidal behaviour are all…

Thousands of Students in Attendance at Dublin March for Choice

In the first large-scale demonstration since a timeframe for an abortion referendum was announced, approximately 40,000 people gathered in the streets of Dublin as part of a march organised by the Abortion Rights Campaign (ARC) on Saturday October 1st to demand the repeal of Ireland’s controversial Eighth Amendment of Bunreacht na hÉireann. The timescale set…

Unions launch national campaign for student teacher supports on placement

The USI last week announced plans to campaign for improved placement conditions for student teachers, in conjunction with various trade unions including the INTO and ASTI. The unions are calling for student teachers to be paid while on placement to cover the expenses associated with it, including travel, accommodation, and materials. Dramatic increases in the…

USI Calls For Urgent Return of Ibrahim Halawa As Egyptian Court Postpones Verdict

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has called for the immediate return of Ibrahim Halawa to Ireland, and declared the decision of an Egyptian court to postpone the verdict of his trial until September 18th a “farce.” While in recent times the Irish government has shown themselves willing to take steps to ensure Ibrahim’s…

Student Accommodation Booked Out Before CAO Offers

Student accommodation complexes have been fully booked out, despite the majority of college places not being offered until late August. Round 1 CAO offers are not given out until August 21st, but all of the bigger student accommodation options have already been booked. University Hall, Victoria Lodge, Victoria Mills and Castlewhite Apartments, all of which…