DCU students reject chance to rejoin USI
STUDENTS at Dublin City University (DCU) have voted by a huge majority against re-joining the Union of Students in Ireland (USI).
With a turnout of less than 10pc of the student population, a total of 771 'No' votes were cast with just 339 students voting in favour of rejoining the national union. It was the first vote on the issue since DCU left the union in 2001.
USI president Gary Redmond said the result was "very disappointing" but that being prevented from campaigning on campus was a major factor in students voting against reaffiliating.
Last year, USI convinced NUI Maynooth to return and expects Griffith College to re-join shortly.
Apart from DCU, the other colleges outside the national union are the University of Limerick and Cork Institute of Technology.
Affiliation costs each individual college union €5 for every full time student and €2.50 for every part timer. USI represents students on national education bodies such as the Higher Education Authority.
DCU Students' Union Education Officer Cillian Byrne said the result would not affect the union's ability to represent its students on a national level.