Being Young and Irish

President Michael D. Higgins is to met with representatives from the Union of Students in Ireland and its member Students’ Unions tomorrow in Áras an Uachtaráin at 4.30pm Tuesday the 18th of September. The meeting was intended to give student representatives a chance to discuss the President’s Being Young and Irish 2012 initiative.

The Being Young and Irish 2012 initiative seeks to advance the national discourse on inclusion by harnessing the power of young people, enabling them to participate and be more involved. The President is inviting young people aged 17 – 26 to contribute practical suggestions for the improvement of Irish society through an online consultation process and in regional workshops. The consultation will culminate with the President’s first national seminar, which will take place later this year.

 USI along with ITSSU have welcomed the President’s initiative and his willingness to engage with young people in a meaningful and constructive manner.

 Presidents from twenty three Students’ Unions will attend the meeting, along with USI’s Officer Board. The visiting Students’ Unions include:

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology

National University of Ireland Galway

Waterford Institute of Technology

IT Tallaght

National College of Ireland

St. Angela’s College Sligo

Dublin Institute of Technology

Limerick Institute of Technology

Letterkenny Institute of Technology

NUI Maynooth

Dundalk Institute of Technology

University College Dublin

University College Cork

Institute of Technology Carlow

Trinity College Dublin

Institute of Technology Sligo

Athlone Institute of Technology

Mater Dei Institute

Queens University Belfast

Galway Mayo Institute of Technology

IT Tralee

LIT Tipperary

Submissions can be made online at:

The deadline for submissions is September 29.

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