Friday 14 December 2018

'A sad day for me' - UCD votes to impeach SU president Katie Ascough

'This is a sad day for me' - Ascough says after result

Katie Ascough, the president of UCD’s student union
Katie Ascough, the president of UCD’s student union

Alan O'Keeffe and Catherine Devine

Students at University College Dublin have voted to impeach Students' Union president Katie Ascough.

The count on Thursday night showed a clear majority in favour of removing the pro-life supporter.

In total, 6,611 voted, with 4,540 in favour of impeachment and 2,032 against.

That represents a 69pc vote in favour of removing the SU president.

Speaking after the result, Ascough thanked her campaign team and said: "I have fought the good fight. I have been open and honest. I have respected the law. I feel confident that I've done all that I could do for the students that I have been elected to represent. This is a sad day for me."

Calls to impeach her came after she withdrew information on abortion services from a student magazine, despite the information being previously available in UCD. Re-printing cost the union €8,000.

She said legal advice stated the information was illegal.

In the science building, 828 of 1,151 voted in favour of Ascough's impeachment, while 317 voted against.

In the Quinn School of Business, a total of 952 students voted. The pro-impeachment side received 521 votes in favour, while 422 students voted against impeachment, according to the University Times.

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