Sunday 18 February 2018

Union of Students in Ireland welcomes its second female president in two years

Annie Hoey. Photo: USI
Annie Hoey. Photo: USI

Meadhbh McGrath

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has welcomed its second elected female president in two years.

Annie Hoey (27) from Drogheda will succeed Kevin Donoghue and takes on the role two years after Laura Harmon held the position.

The USI is the national body for third-level students’ unions, representing the interests of 354,000 students in third-level education all over the country.

“I want to hit the ground running and expect to have a very busy year ahead,” Ms Hoey said.

She added that her main priorities during her term will include repealing the eighth amendment, LGBT rights, reducing the registration fee of €3,000, fighting proposals for loan schemes and finding solutions to the student accommodation crisis.

Ms Hoey has a degree in Women’s Studies from UCC  and served as deputy president for the USI in 2015-16.

She also held the role of vice president for equality and citizenship for 2014-15 and 2015-16.

She took part in the campaign against the MSM blood ban, and said she will continue to work towards achieving LGBT equality.

“Ireland has made huge progress in the past year in areas like LGBT rights, equality and mental health,” Ms Hoey said.

“But it still has a lot further to go and for the coming year I hope to make USI a key player in further progress.”

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