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UCC elects first female SU President in 18 years

UCC students have elected Asha Woodhouse as their next Students’ Union President, this mornings’ results announced, making her the first female UCCSU President in 18 years. Alongside her on the Executive sits Caoimhe Walsh as Welfare Officer, Maeve Richardson as Communications and Engagement Officer, Sinead Roche as Education Officer, Luke Mulcahy as Entertainments Officer and Siobhán Murphy as Communications and Fundraising Officer. 

Voter turnout surpassed that of previous years, with 5,899 students in total casting their ballot versus approximately 4000 the year prior. Following a virtual election season of hustings and social media campaigning, students voted online in the highest turnout seen in recent years.

In a total valid poll of 5,398, Asha Woodhouse surpassed the quota and was elected on the first count over opponents Adam O’Brien and Dave Collins. “Asha” consequently began trending in Ireland on Twitter as the results were announced via livestream on the UCCSU Facebook page. She is the first female President of the SU since 2003, and the sixth ever woman to hold the position since 1919. She is joined by a majority female Executive. 

Part-time campaign positions were also filled. Uncontested, Alicia O’Sullivan was elected as Environmental and Sustainability Representative after the first count. The position of Equality and Diversity Representative was filled by Daniel Byrne following the second count and that of Irish Language and Culture Rep was filled by Darragh Ó Caoimh. 

A representative from all of the four Colleges is elected to the Students’ Union to represent the students of each: Business and Law; Science, Engineering and Food Science (SEFS); Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences (CACSSS) and Medicine and Health. Meadhbh Kehoe was elected as representative of the College of Business and Law, Alex Angland was elected as SEFS Rep, Daniel Cunninghan for CACSSS and Abbie Moloney for the College of Medicine and Health. 

Students in the college of Business and Law made up the largest vote share of all colleges with 1,754 votes cast. They were joined by 1,505 students of the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science and 1,699 students of the College of Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. 915 students of the College of Medicine and Health voted. 24 students from Adult Continuing Education cast their votes, with just 2 students from the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CITRL) participating in this years’ election.

Results are available at uccsu.ie/2021electionresults/, with the live announcements available for playback on the UCCSU Facebook page. The full breakdown of results is available below:

 

Total turnout: 5,899 (approx. 25%)

SU Executive

UCCSU President

Total valid poll: 5,398

Asha Woodhouse: 2,927

Adam O’Brien: 1,251

Dave Collins: 1,187

Re-open Nominations (RON): 33

Asha Woodhouse is deemed elected on the first count.

 

Communications and Engagement Officer

Total valid poll: 5,007

Quota: 2.504

Maeve Richardson: 2,943 

Aisling O’Sullivan: 2,011

RON: 53

Maeve Richardson is deemed elected on the first count.

 

Communications and Fundraising Officer

Total valid poll: 4,684

Quota: 2,343

Célem Deegan: 1,619

Siobhan Murphy: 2,998

RON: 67

Siobhán Murphy is deemed elected on the first count.

 

Entertainments Officer

Total valid poll: 5,208

Quota: 2,605

Aimee Cummins: 2,406

Luke Mulcahy: 2,753

RON: 49

Luke Mulcahy deemed elected on the first count

 

Education Officer

Total valid poll: 4,841

Quota: 2,421

Sinead Roche: 4,661

RON: 179

Sinead Roche is deemed elected on the first count. 

 

Welfare Officer

Total valid poll: 4,701

Quota: 2,351

Caoimhe Walsh: 4,516

RON: 185

Caoimhe Walsh is deemed elected on the first count.

 

Equality and Diversity Representative

Valid Poll: 4,531

Quota: 2,266

 

COUNT #1

Daniel Byrne: 2,231

AJ Nagle: 2,161

RON: 139 (Eliminated)

 

COUNT #2

Daniel Byrne: 2,240 (+9)

AJ Nagle: 2165 (+4)

Non-transferable: 126

Daniel Byrne is deemed elected on the second count.

 

Environmental and Sustainability Representative

Valid Poll: 4,783

Quota: 2,392

Alicia O’Sullivan: 4.646

RON: 137

Alicia O’Sullivan is deemed elected on the first count.

 

Irish Language and Culture Representative

Valid Poll: 4,656

Quota: 2,329

Katie Halpin-Hill: 1,309

Megan Ní Dhugain: 522

Darragh O’Caoimh: 2,773

RON: 52

Darragh O’Caoimh is deemed elected on the first count.

 

Executive Representatives

Medicine and Health Representative

Valid Poll: 803

Quota: 402

 

COUNT #1

Samin Abrar: 261

Abbie Moloney: 340

Jennifer Okparaeke: 192

RON: 10 (Eliminated)

 

COUNT #2

Samin Abrar: 261 (-)

Abbie Moloney: 341 (+1)

Jennifer Okparaeke: 192 (-) (Eliminated)

 

COUNT #3

Samin Abrar: 292 (+31)

Abbie Moloney: 413 (+72)

Abbie Moloney is deemed elected on the third count. 

 

Business and Law Representative

Valid poll: 1,433

Quota: 717

Meadhbh Kehoe: 750

Cian O’Rourke: 509

Martin Peter Rahill: 138

RON: 36

Meadhbh Kehoe is deemed elected on the first count.

 

SEFS Representative

Valid poll: 1,414

Quota: 649

Alex Angland: 828

Colm Maye: 421

RON: 47

Alex Angland is deemed elected on the first count.

 

CACSS Representative

Valid Poll: 1,432

Quota: 717

 

COUNT #1

Daniel Cunningham: 571 (+1)

Mossie Lyons: 332 (+2)

Rebeckah McCarthy: 492 (+1)

RON: 37 (Eliminated)

 

COUNT #2

Daniel Cunningham: 572 

Mossie Lyons: 334 (Eliminated)

Rebeckah McCarthy: 493

 

COUNT #2

Daniel Cunningham: 572 (+56)

Rebeckah McCarthy: 493 (+70)

 

COUNT #3

Daniel Cunningham: 628

Rebeckah McCarthy: 563

Daniel Cunningham is deemed elected on the third count.