Students’ Unions and TDs Issue Plea to Galway Landlords
NUI Galway Students’ Union, GMIT Students’ Union and Galway West TDs are asking local landlords who rent to students to consider advertising their properties earlier in the summer to avoid the end-of-August rush for students searching for accommodation for the 2018/19 academic year. The purpose of this is to give students peace of mind over the summer months that they have secured a roof over their head for September as opposed to anxiously waiting on rental advertisements in August.
Following high-profile increases in rent rates in student accommodation in Galway City, many students are being forced to look for alternatives in the private rental market as opposed to purpose built-student accommodation. “Digs”, rooms and houses can be advertised for free at homes.usi.ie a national student specific letting website set-up by the Union of Students in Ireland to stream-line communication between landlords and students. Landlords can also advertise all types of accommodation for free on the NUI Galway accommodation website www.nuigstudentpad.ie It is worth noting that landlords can rent out rooms in their homes tax free up to a cap of €14,000 per annum.
President of NUI Galway Students’ Union Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh said “Students should not have to wait until the August rush to secure accommodation for the coming academic year. We are asking landlords to advertise their accommodation through the homes.usi.ie and www.nuigstudentpad.ie websites ASAP so that students can secure housing at the beginning of the summer rather than having to wait until the week before lectures begin. As we can see there is cross-party support to help our students achieve their academic potential. The Galway community as a whole can do more for these students who contribute so much to the local economy.”
Pictured (Left to Right): Jimmy McGovern (USI), Eamon Ó Cuív (Fianna Fáil TD), Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh (NUIG SU), Minister Seán Kyne (Fine Gael), Catherine Connolly (Independent TD), Aaron Burke (GMIT SU), Noel Grealish (Independent TD), Andrew Forde (NUIG SU)
For more information, contact:
Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh
NUI Galway Students’ Union
Ph. 086 385 5502
NUI Galway Students’ Union Welcomes Private Members Bill on Student Accommodation
NUI Galway Students’ Union is today encouraging members of the Oireachtas to vote in favour of the Student Accommodation Bill before the Dáil. The amendment would give students living in student-specific accommodation, under licence, access to the Residential Tenancies Board and inclusion in the rent pressure zones. The current situation has resulted in students rents rising, in some instances, by 18% per annum.
Until this issue is legislated for, students of NUI Galway can neither budget nor plan for their future as they have no certainty regarding the level of rent that they will be paying. Nowhere has this been more evident than in Cúirt Na Coiribe, which increased its rent by 18% between 2017/18 and 2018/19 rates.
Speaking on the issue today, Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh, Students’ Union President said: “This Bill is an encouraging step by members of the Dáil to recognise and rectify the legal loophole which allows for students, some of the most financially vulnerable in Ireland, to be the ones exposed and exploited to the most insidious rent increases year on year”
“A study on the 8 main purpose built student accommodations in Galway carried out by NUI Galway Students’ Union has found that whilst student rent had remained relatively static from the period of 2009 to 2014, it has since increased by an average of 35% between 2014/15 to 2018/19.”
“At a time when the government recognises the need to protect the right to education, the lack of affordable and protected accommodation dilutes this right for those who simply can’t afford it. NUI Galway is a University comprised of students from all across the island of Ireland and the world. We cannot become an elitist University only accessible to those who can afford to absorb the ever rising cost of rent.”
For more information, contact:
Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh
NUI Galway Students’ Union
Ph. 086 385 5502
NUI Galway Students’ Union Raise €20,500 for Domestic Violence Response and AMACH!
NUI Galway Students’ Union donated €20,500 to Domestic Violence Response and AMACH! after their year of charity events. Students took part in Croagh Patrick climbs, 5k runs, cake sales, a Christmas day in November, comedy gigs, pet farm visits and collection days to raise €20,500 for charity in the process!
Students’ Union President Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh said: “Despite the constant cutbacks and daily challenges we all face, students have once again done their bit to help others. NUI Galway students have a very proud tradition of raising money for charities and they have excelled themselves this year.”
Domestic Violence Response is a community led organisation responding to the issue of domestic violence in Galway County.
Elizabeth Power of Domestic Violence Response said: “NUI Galway students are making a direct positive impact on the lives of women of all ages and backgrounds in Galway City and County as our service provides a lifeline for women and children who struggle to cope with abuse in their lives.”
AMACH! is a volunteer run organisation which represents and advocates on behalf of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community in Galway city and county.
Maria Molloy, Chairperson, of AMACH! LGBT Galway said: “AMACH! LGBT Galway are delighted and honoured to have been chosen for the NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Fund. Money raised by the students will allow the continued growth of Teach Solais, LGBT+ resource centre, a health promotion hub and social space for members of the LGBT+ and the wider community to utilise.”
Pictured left to right: Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh (NUIG SU), Andrew Forde (NUIG SU), Clare Austick (NUIG SU), Megan Reilly (NUIG SU), Elizabeth Power (Domestic Violence Response), Joanna Brophy (NUIG SU).
Photo: Eibhlín Seoighthe
€10 Summer Lockers on sale from the SU Office from 10am on Wednesday 23rd May.
Available from Wednesday 23rd May to Friday 17th August 2018.
Call to the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-12.30pm & 2pm-4.30pm
For more information contact email@example.com
NUI Galway Summer Holiday Arrangements 2018
- The SU Office will be open Monday-Friday 10am-12.30pm & 2pm-4.30pm from Monday 21st of May. The SU Office will BE CLOSED Mon 4th June and Mon 6th Aug (Bank Holidays)
- The Student Health Unit will only see current Postgrad students from Monday 28th of May and remains an acute illness service. Opening hours during the summer: 09:30am-12:30pm & 2.30pm-4.30pm Mon-Fri. Nurse available 10am-12pm & 2.30pm-4.30pm. Closed Monday 4th June and Monday 6th August (Bank Holidays)
- The Library will be open Mon 21st May to Sun 29th July & Mon 20th Aug to Sun 2nd Sept 8.30am-5.30pm. Closed Saturdays & Sundays. Closed Mon 4th June & Mon 6th Aug (Bank Holidays). REPEAT EXAMS: Open Mon 30th July-Sun 19th Aug: Mon-Thurs 8.30am-10pm, Fri 8.30am-5.30pm, Sat 8.30am-5.30pm, Sun 10am-5pm. Closed Bank Holiday Mon 6th Aug. Detailed opening hours are available here.
- The Reading Room will be open as usual.
- Computer Suites – check availability here.
- Caife na Gaeilge is closed for the summer.
- Sult will be open 8.30am-6pm Monday-Fridays. Closed Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.
- Smokey’s Café Thursday 17th & Friday 18th May Closing at 6pm. Closed Saturday & Sunday 19th & 20th May. Starting Monday 21st May open 8.30am-5pm Monday-Friday. Closed weekends
- The SU Shop Thursday 17th May Closing at 6pm, Friday 18th May Closing at 5pm. Closed Saturday & Sunday 19th & 20th May. Starting Monday 21st May open 8.30am-4pm Monday to Friday. Closed weekends
- The Wall Café from Monday 21st May summer hours will be Monday to Friday 9am-4pm. Open Saturdays 10am-1pm.
- The SU Cloakroom will close at 6pm on Fri 18th May.
- The SU Engineering desk will close at 3pm on Fri 18th May and will reopen in September.
- SUMS, The Academic Writing Centre and Computer DISC are all now closed for the summer.
Teaching begins on Monday 10th of September for all years.
The academic calendar for 2018/19 is available here.
What’s on in Galway this Summer:
Galway Theatre Festival Fri 4th – Sat 12th May 2018
Darkness Into Light 4.15am Saturday 12th May 2018
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Wednesday 16th May 2018
Gospel Rising Choir Festival Fri 18th – Sun 20th May 2018
Galway Burlesque Festival Fri 18th – Sun 20th May 2018
Galway Early Music Festival Fri 25th – Sun 27th May 2018
Claddagh Traditional Boat Festival Sat 26th – Sun 27th May 2018
Conamara Bog Week Tues 29th May – Mon 4th June 2018
West End Summer Food Festival Thurs 31st May – Mon 4th June 2018
Galway Juggling Convention Fri 1st – Mon 4th June 2018
Fives for Lives Soccer tournament in aid of Pieta House Sat 2nd June 2018
Give Blood in Galway Tues 5th, Weds 6th and Thurs 7th June 2018
Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Wednesday 6th June 2018
Galway African Film Festival Sat 9th & Sun 10th June 2018
Galway Bike Week Sat 9th – Sun 17th June 2018
Street Feast Sunday 10th June 2018
Irish Cancer Society 5k Colour Dash NUIG Sunday 10th June 2018
Galway Simon Community Dip at Dawn 4.55am-6am Thursday 21st June 2018
Seafest Fri 29th June – Sun 1st July 2018
Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Wednesday 4th July 2018
Soapbox Science Galway Sat 7th July 2018
Galway Film Fleadh Tues 10th – Sun 15th July 2018
Galway Fringe Festival Sat 16th – Sun 29th July 2018
Galway International Arts Festival Mon 16th – Sun 29th July 2018
Galway Races Horse Racing Festival Mon 30th July- Sun 5th August 2018
Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Weds 1st August 2018
Galway Pride Festival Mon 13th – Sun 19th August 2018
Streets of Galway 8km Race 7pm Sat 11th August 2018
Cruinniú na mBád Kinvara Sat 11th and Sun 12th August 2018
Galway Heritage Week Saturday 18th – Sunday 26th August 2018
Lots of these festivals and events need volunteers to help out so please give them a shout if you are available to lend a hand!
There are also lots of charitable organisations looking for volunteers to help out. Check the NUIG ALIVE Volunteering website for volunteering opportunities.
If you just can’t wait to get back to NUI Galway here’s the Semester Dates for 2018/19. Start your countdown!
Friday 4th May 2018
The NUI Galway Students’ Union most strongly condemns the planned increases to Cúirt na Coiribe student accommodation rent for the academic year 2018/19. Cúirt na Coiribe has housed NUI Galway students since the year 2000 and has always provided for students who have come from outside of Galway and overseas to study here. Furthermore, they have many students who return year on year to their accommodation.
The planned rent increases of 18% means a student could be paying an additional €1,000 for a nine month / 39 week lease following a change in ownership in 2018.
Today, Cúirt na Coiribe released its priority booking to current residents by email, stating that if they want to avail of this option that it opens on Wednesday 9th May and will open to the general public on the 15th May. Detailed in this email it was advised that students take advantage of this one week notice to book their place for the coming academic year “as given the high demand currently we will book out immediately once the general public apply”. The statement is clear, if you cannot afford the 18% rent increase, you will be immediately priced out of Cúirt Na Coiribe accommodation.
What this means is that today, the student residents of Cúirt Na Coiribe have returned to their accommodation from their first week of exams. Their attention will not be on their next exam, but rather, on how they can commit to an immediate increase of €1,000 to ensure they can return to Galway, have a roof over their head and continue their studies. It is these students for whom we are greatly concerned.
We are also concerned for the potential college student about to sit the Leaving cert, who is looking at college accommodation; only to realise that it is far beyond their reach. The student who has worked a part time job to save for their deposit, only to discover that they are now not going to be able to afford their accommodation anymore. Students are one of the groups most sharply affected by the accommodation crisis, and this unprecedented increase, which comes without warning or reason, seems to be a gross attempt to take advantage of that. Over half of NUI Galway students are on a grant, we see students in our offices everyday who are struggling to stay in college for financial reasons. We cannot stand by and watch students be exploited by this increase.
We are asking for affordable accommodation for all students. This increase seems nothing short of the manipulation of students under financial pressure. It is extremely concerning that these rent increases have been announced around exam time, on a Friday evening on a bank holiday with an extremely short timespan for people to get a deposit in.
We are calling on Galway City, where students are a valued part of the community, on The National University of Galway, Ireland, where students are at the heart of everything they do, and most importantly on Cúirt Na Coiribe; to recognise the striking blow this increase represents to student residents and work with us to rectify this wrong. We also call on the Government to introduce rent caps in student accommodation in line with the consumer price index.
We welcome any opportunity to sit down with the management of Cúirt na Coiribe, to discuss these increases.
How To Get Involved in the campaign against #CúirtShakedown
- Attend our protest at 1pm on Tuesday 8th of May 2018 at Cúirt na Coiribe (meet outside the Library at 12.30pm)
- Sign the petition here
- Use #CúirtShakedown on social media to say no to the exploitation of NUI Galway Students
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org to help out with the campaign
All press queries should be directed to the SU President Lorcán on email@example.com or phone 086 385 5502.
May Bank Holiday Arrangements
- The SU Office, SU Engineering Desk, Sult and the Student Health Unit will all be closed this Monday 7th of May 2018 for the Bank Holiday.
- Smokey’s Café is open 10am-6pm Saturday, Sunday & Monday
- The SU Shop is open 10am-5pm Saturday, Sunday & Monday
- The Wall Café is open 9am-3pm Saturday, 11am-3pm Sunday & Monday.
- The Library is open Saturday 8.30am-9pm, Sunday 10am-9pm & Monday 8.30am-10pm.
- The Reading Room is open as usual 7am-2.30am Saturday, Sunday & Monday
- For Computer Suite availability check here
Sin Newspaper is the official Student Newspaper of NUI Galway. A fortnightly publication published by the Students’ Union, the paper includes a mix of campus news, features, sport and reviews.
Sin.ie is the online information resource of NUI Galway Students’ Union. The website will include up to date news and features and will be a comprehensive information and resource centre for NUI Galway students with regards to college and local news in particular.
The Sin Editor will be a self starter who works well with others and has particular strengths in working with, and motivating a team of volunteers.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
- Recruit, direct and motivate a team of voluntary sub editors and writers.
- Overall responsibility for sourcing newspaper and website content
- Maintain a high standard of writing in both Sin Newspaper and Sin Website
- Edit 12 issues of Sin Newspaper in conjunction with the Students’ Union
- Update Sin.ie website and social media platforms regularly with news, features etc
- Work with the Graphic Designer to ensure consistent design and layout
- Develop links with other student publications to facilitate sharing of information and resources
- Oversee distribution of Sin Newspaper across campus
- Any other duties which may be assigned from time to time
€500 stipend per issue.
Please include the following:
- Cover letter
- A sample proposal outlining a plan of action of how you would manage Sin Newspaper over the next academic year. This should include your plans for writer recruitment and retention, format of Sin, general promotion of Sin, and any other information you consider relevant
Applications by email only to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: 5:00pm Monday 11th June 2018
Interviews: Friday 29th June 2018
#NUIGSU18 Part Time Officer Election and Referendum Results 13th April 2018
Oifigeach na Gaeilge Election Result: Adhna Nic Dhonnchadha Deemed Elected
Total Poll 1,144
Total Valid Poll 1,049
Níc Amaill, Gráinne 227
Nic Dhonnchadha, Adhna 783
Societies’ Chairperson Election Result: Brandon Walsh Deemed Elected
Total Poll 41
Total Valid Poll 41
Kelly, Chris 11
Ruane, Sinéad 6
Walsh, Brandon 23
Clubs’ Captain Election Result: Ryan Guilfoyle Deemed Elected
Total Poll 4
Total Valid Poll 4
Guilfoyle, Ryan 4
Postgraduate Taught Officer Result: Cameron Keighron Deemed Elected
Total Poll 100
Total Valid Poll 83
Grimes, Lorraine 19
Keighron, Cameron 60
Postgraduate Research Officer Result: Jibran Abbasi Deemed Elected
Total Poll 99
Total Valid Poll 89
Abbasi, Jibran 43
Monahan, David 37
Abbasi, Jibran 43
Monahan, David 41
Non Transferable 5
Convenor of the College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies Result: Rían McKeagney Deemed Elected
Total Poll 365
Total Valid Poll 347
Breslin, Joshua 53
Jordan, Ethan 20
McKeagney, Rían 198
O’Neill, Callum 65
Convenor of the College of Science Result: Scott Green Deemed Elected
Total Poll 287
Total Valid Poll 281
Green, Scott 175
Hurley, Patrick 104
Convenor of the College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences Result: Liezel Ravenscroft Deemed Elected
Total Poll 207
Total Valid Poll 205
Ravenscroft, Liezel 121
Rufai, Gertrude 84
Convenor of the College of Engineering & Informatics Result: Roshan George Deemed Elected
Total Poll 151
Total Valid Poll 149
George, Roshan 76
Murphy, Nicola 58
Walker, Eoin 13
Convenor of the College of Business, Public Policy & Law Result: Clodagh McGivern Deemed Elected
Total Poll 144
Total Valid Poll 142
McGivern, Clodagh 68
Murphy, Ciara 58
Non Transferable 4
McGivern, Clodagh 70
Murphy, Ciara 59
Non Transferable 15
Mature Students’ Officer Result: Chuka Paul Oguekwe Deemed Elected
Total Poll 1,132
Total Valid Poll 1,037
Oguekwe, Chuka Paul 609
Ó Rúairc, Brían 391
International Students Officer Result: Daniel McFadden Deemed Elected
Total Poll 1,135
Total Valid Poll 1,048
Hillerkuß, Ulrike 476
McFadden, Daniel 544
Gender and LGBT+ Rights Officer Result: Alex Coughlan Deemed Elected
Total Poll 1,157
Total Valid Poll 1,078
Coughlan, Alex 775
Dowd, Sorcha 248
Disability Rights Officer Result: Muireann O’Sullivan Deemed Elected
Total Poll 1,154
Total Valid Poll 1.091
Brogan, Megan 326
Connolly, Saoirse 310
O’Sullivan, Muireann 430
Brogan, Megan 327
Connolly, Saoirse 311
O’Sullivan, Muireann 432
Non Transferable 21
Brogan, Megan 427
O’Sullivan, Muireann 535
Non Transferable 129
Referendum on the Creation of the Position of Ethnic Minorities Officer
Result: Referendum PASSED
Total Poll 1,161
Total Valid Poll 1,108
YES 882 (80%)
NO 226 (20%)
The new officers will take up their positions on the 1st of July 2018.
There will be an election to fill the new Ethnic Minorities Officer Position at the start of the 2018/19 Academic Year.