Wicklow Student Redmond Re-elected as President of USI

Wicklow Student Redmond Re-elected as President of USI 

Wicklow native Gary Redmond has been re-elected as President of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) at the organisation’s Annual Congress in Dunboyne, County Meath.

Delegates from across the island voted overwhelmingly in favour of Redmond’s re-election with 92% voting for Redmond. 

Prior to his election as USI President, Redmond served as President and Vice-President of UCD Students’ Union. 

USI is the national representative body of students in further and higher education. Established in 1959, USI celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009 and currently represents 450,000 students in over forty educational institutions across the island of Ireland.

Along with campaigning on behalf of students, USI represents learners on the Higher Education Authority (HEA), National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI), Higher Education Training Awards Council (HETAC) & the Irish Universities Quality Board (IUQB).

Speaking following his re-election USI President, Gary Redmond said:

“The last nine months have been momentous. Our response to the previous Government’s attempts to reintroduce tuition fees, cut student supports and their failure to tackle the graduate emigration crisis will go down in the history books. In November over 40,000 students from across the country marched on Government buildings, while in February over 15,000 students registered to vote and young people turned out in unprecedented numbers to have their say in Ireland’s future.  We’ve kick started a wave of student action, brought a government to its knees, and shaped the public debate on education in an unprecedented fashion.”

Redmond added: 

“The new Government brings with it a new landscape and the challenges over the next twelve months will be great. It will be essential for USI to support students’ 

unions and student officers to continue to deliver for students, whilst running a major national campaign to ensure that education remains accessible to all. Above all, we’ll need to reach out and engage with the full diversity of our membership.

 I want to say thank you to the hundreds of students and student officers who have been so supportive this year, and indeed for the support for my re-election. It goes without saying that I will continue to bring the same determination, drive and ambition that I have done through out my first term, and I will be relentless in ensuring I do the very best I can in the role. 

We should be proud of what we have achieved, and it has been an honour to be President at this time. If I have one criticism of this year, it would be that we have not been quick enough to talk about our achievements – and I hope we can pause for a moment to remedy this. 

Let’s push on to make sure we credit ourselves for what we have achieved, and ensure we work together to push USI and the student movement to the next level.”

Election results

USI has also elected its Deputy President, Welfare Officer, Equality Officer, Equality Officer and LGBT Rights Officer to serve students for the next academic year.

Gary Redmond (USI President), Re-Elected President

Colm Murphy (USI Education Officer) Elected Deputy President

Scott Ahern (Welfare Officer, UCD SU) Elected Welfare Officer

Ger Gallagher (USI Disability Rights Officer), Elected Equality Officer

Siobhan McGuire, Elected LGBT Rights Officer

The elected candidates begin their new terms of office on 1st July 2011

 -ENDS-

 For more information contact:

Gary Redmond, USI President (087 9606130)

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