TRINITY College has voted in favour of staging a referendum on whether to impeach Students' Union President Tom Lenihan.
The son of the late Finance Minister Brian Lenihan now faces the prospect of losing his job next month after he was caught cheating in a May exam.
Representatives at a meeting of the university's Students’ Union Council this week passed an emergency motion, which paves the way for an official referendum.
University sources told the Herald that the decision to stage the vote took place via secret ballot and that
Mr Lenihan was present at the meeting to hear the result.
He apologised for his actions but said he did not believe it was right for him to resign.
It is understood that college authorities will stage the vote next month.
The 21-year-old was elected as Students’ Union President in February.
The emergency motion was backed by students who claimed the cheating incident has caused significant disquiet among the student body.
The Herald revealed in May that Mr Lenihan was caught by an invigilator looking at notes that he brought into an official college exam.
The Business and Law student was hauled in front of the junior dean of the college, Tim Trimble, and told he must resit the exam as punishment.
But a cohort of students have been campaigning to bring about a referendum, while a Facebook campaign entitled ‘Impeach Tom Lenihan’ is still in existence.
In a recent interview with Trinity News, Mr Lenihan said he did not believe he has lost the confidence of students.
Mr Lenihan has spoken openly about suffering from depression and admitted during a another interview that he has at times been suicidal.
He did not respond to a request for comment last night.