USI to Register 50,000 Students to Vote Prior to General Election


The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) will launch a national campaign to register 50,000 students to vote this Friday (January 28th) ahead of the upcoming general election.

The “Your Future, Your Vote” campaign will be launched at Leinster House on Kildare Street, Dublin 2, at 11.30 am.

USI will launch the campaign by holding X-Factor style auditions of the party leaders outside Leinster House with students acting as judges.

Over the next two weeks USI will tour the country on the USI Election Express (Branded Campaign Bus), visiting every college in the country with the aim of registering 50,000 students to vote in order to increase student turnout at the upcoming general election.

The USI “Your Future, Your Vote” campaign aims to allow the younger generations of Irish people to decide their own future and to make the politicians aware that they are registering to vote en masse.

With over 40,000 students having taken to the streets in November for USI’s National March, it is clear that the age of apathy is over and young people will no longer stand idly by while their future lies in the balance.

Gary Redmond, President of USI, said:

“We are facing one of the most important elections in our history and students need to have their voices heard when the future of this country hangs in the balance. For too long the younger generations of Irish society have been ignored, but now, it is time politicians sat up and listened.

Young people in Ireland will shoulder years of crippling debt thanks to the mistakes of the current generation and we will not tolerate a single second more of lacklustre governance from Irish politicians.

On November 3rd last, students took to the streets in protest and the words ‘I am a vote’, some 40,000 voices strong, reverberated around Dáil Éireann. As we near polling day, politicians in every corner of the country are quickly realising that students are no longer a dormant force as thousands of young people descend on polling stations to decide the future direction of this country.”


For further information, please contact:


Gary Redmond, USI President:                      087 9606130

Gillian Tsoi, USI Communications Officer:    01 7099300

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