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#NUIGSU18 SU Council Chair Election Results + USI Elections

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Students’ Union Council Chairperson Election Monday 5th March 2018

Returning Officer: Andrew Forde


COOKE, Kenneth


GARRISON, Annelise

VAUGHAN, Sabrina

Total Votes Cast: 68

Total Spoiled Votes: 0

Total Valid Votes: 68

Quota: 35

Count 1

COOKE, Kenneth 7

DEVLIN LARSEN, Megan Jane 20

GARRISON, Annelise 10

VAUGHAN, Sabrina 31

COOKE, Kenneth eliminated and second preferences distributed.

Count 2

DEVLIN LARSEN, Megan Jane 21

GARRISON, Annelise 12

VAUGHAN, Sabrina 35







CAHILL, Síona 59



HASSAN, Oisín 61



BYRNES, Michelle 62



DEASY, Aoife 64



ELDER, Jessica 16

MCLEAN, Damien 34

MURTAGH, Niamh 10

SHERLOCK, Rachel 2



CUSACK, Aisling 41

HEVERIN, Anna 22



CLOHESSY, Barry 35

O’DONNELL, Robert 28


NUI Galway Students’ Union Launches 10,000 Step Challenge

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Launches 10,000 Step Challenge

NUI Galway Students’ Union today launched the Marchathon 10,000 Step Challenge for NUI Galway students and staff. The aim of the event is to encourage staff and students to walk more so that they reach 10,000 steps per day by the end of the challenge on the 23rd of March. Participants have the chance of winning prizes such as action cameras, shopping vouchers and challenge goodie packs from the National Transport Authority just by walking!

The health benefits of walking are huge as it helps tone muscles, strengthen bones, increases metabolism and reduces the risk of high blood pressure. Regular walking can also have a big impact on your mental health as it reduces stress, improves mood and increases self-esteem.

The Students’ Union is also making sure that participants stay safe by staying seen while walking as they have distributed hundreds of free high visibility items from the Road Safety Authority. Participants can still register online for the challenge at

Students’ Union President Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh said: “It’s great to see students and staff coming together as a community for a project like this. Sneaking in a short walk each day can transform your health, body and mind plus it’s free! We are privileged to have some beautiful walks on campus which can easily be enjoyed on a break from study or work.”

Students’ Union Vice President/Education Officer Andrew Forde said: “In the lead up to exams it’s important that students ensure they make time for regular exercise in their schedules. Just 40 minutes of walking three times a week has been shown to protect the brain region associated with planning and memory. The Challenge is a great chance to turn exercise into a daily habit and there’s the added bonus that you can win prizes just by taking part!”

PHOTO: (Left to Right) NUI Galway Students’ Union Officers: Sabrina Vaughan, Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh, Sarah Murphy and Megan Reilly.

Road Safety Day

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Road Safety Day

Lá na Sábháilteachta ar Bhóithre

Road Safety Authority Interactive Shuttle + Roll-Over Simulator + Bike Clinic

11am-3pm Thursday 22nd of February Áras na Mac Léinn

  • Practice your driving and hazard perception skills on our simulators (car, motorbike, bicycle)
  • Take part in the roll-over simulation which demonstrates how it would feel if you were in a car which turned over in a collision.
  • Practice the driver theory test.
  • Get FREE High Vis stuff.
  • Practice safe cycling skills on our state of the art bicycle simulator
  • See how driving environments and speed affect your braking distances on the brake reaction timer.

NUIG SU Equality Week 2018

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Equality Week 2018

Seachtain Chomhionannais Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn, OÉ Gaillimh 2018

Monday 19th February/Dé Luain an 19 Feabhra

6pm GiGSoc Book Club Discussing “But I’m a Cheerleader” in the Art Room, Áras na Mac Léinn

7pm Law Society & Fáilte Refugees Society Direct Provision and the Right to Work Panel Discussion in the AC201.

9pm Late & Live for SU Equality Week with Comedy Soc. FREE Comedy, Music, pints and pizza in the Bank of Ireland Theatre (beside Sult)

Tuesday 20th February/Dé Máirt an 20 Feabhra

1.30pm-2.30pm Universal Design for Learning with NUIG Disability Support Services. Panel discussion and group work for lecturers and students on how to make learning materials more accessible to all students. Venue THB-G010 Moore Institute. Sandwiches, tea & coffee provided.

7pm Fáilte Refugees Society Table Quiz in the Roisin Dubh aimed at overcoming myths around refugees and asylum seekers. €5 with reduced Silent Disco entry included.

Wednesday 21st February/Dé Céadaoin an 21 Feabhra

6pm-9pm Impacte Society Movie Night “See No Evil, Hear No Evil” in the Siobhan McKenna Theatre with free pizza, tea and coffee.

6pm-9pm Fáilte Refugees Society “A Taste of Home” Clothes Collection in Teach Solais LGBT Resource Centre.

7pm-9pm GiGSoc Dance, dress up and drag event in IT202 with free pizza and drinks.

9.30pm GiGSoc and Drama Soc Lip Sync Battle in the Bailey Allen Hall.

Thursday 22nd February/Déardaoin an 22 Feabhra

12pm-1pm Official University of Sanctuary Campaign launch in the Siobhan McKenna Theatre. The University of Sanctuary Campaign is an initiative to encourage and celebrate the good practice of Universities welcoming refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants into their communities. The Campaign fosters a culture of welcome and inclusion for all those seeking sanctuary.

3.30pm-6pm Cultural Food Fair in The View and Meeting Rooms 1 & 2 Áras na Mac Léinn

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NUI Galway Students Pledge To Save Energy On Campus

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NUI Galway Students Pledge To Save Energy On Campus

Galway students told to switch off the lights to save energy and win prizes to combat climate change as part of national campaign

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) in partnership with NUI Galway Students’ Union, NUI Galway, and NUI Galway Green Campus has today launched a major European energy efficiency and energy saving campaign called ‘Student Switch Off’ encouraging students in Galway to save energy and combat climate change. The campaign is supported by the European Union to the sum of  €1.5m over the next 3 years across Europe.

Speaking about the launch, USI President Michael Kerrigan said, “We’re delighted to officially launch the ‘Student Switch Off’ campaign right here in NUI Galway to help students save energy. It’s great to see students taking the lead on issues like climate change and sustainability. The aim of the campaign is simple: save energy, and win prizes like Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and open student return tickets from Irish Rail. All students have to do to take part is add the campaign on Snapchat on and take part in the call to actions, which involve taking a selfie doing an energy saving action at home.”

NUI Galway Students’ Union President Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh went on to say, “NUI Galway Students’ Union are delighted to be involved in the ‘Student Switch Off’ campaign. With the increase in awareness of sustainable living and responsibility with regards to our environment it’s critically important that students play their role in it.

“The Students’ Union along with the Community and University Sustainability Project (CUSP) Team and the NUI Galway Green Campus team have been working together over the past few months to ensure that life on campus provides students with the opportunity to live sustainably. The attitude towards sustainable living that the Students’ Union Commercial Services have now adopted compostable cutlery, plates etc in their outlets. Living plastic free this week has been a huge eye-opener and it’s great to see the movement progressing and moving in the right direction, and ‘Student Switch Off’ will help NUI Galway along the way.”

The ‘Student Switch Off’ campaign will incorporate national-level partnerships with smart meter delivery agencies to show the benefits of smart meters and saving energy. The ‘Student Switch Off’ campaign will provide ongoing advice and support to students via energy-efficiency and bill management training, peer-to-peer advice sharing via video blogs and regular e-mail and social media communications. DCU, Maynooth University, NUI Galway and UCC are the four Irish universities taking part in the first year of the campaign.

USI is the national representative body for the 374,000 students in third level education on the Island of Ireland. USI works to improve and protect the lives of students every day on academic and social issues through campaigns, training and research.

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  • NUI Galway Students’ Union are members of USI – the national representative body for the 374,000 students in third level education on the Island of Ireland. USI works to improve and protect the lives of students every day on academic and social issues through campaigns, training and research.


  • The “Students Achieving Valuable Energy Savings 2” (SAVES2) programme is funded under the EU’s Horizon2020 programme, and unites students across the EU in energy saving initiatives in their campus accommodation. The programme has been successful in attracting up to €5m of EU funding for activities across Europe to fund a campaign in Ireland called ‘Student Switch Off’.


  • The targets of the Student Switch Off campaign is to reach over 219,358 students (both in private and dormitories) over the duration. 30.95 GWh primary energy savings triggered over project duration (broken down across the 3 academic years).


  • The programme will be co-ordinated across Europe by the National Union of Students – USI’s partner organisation in the UK.


  • Universities and student organisations from across Europe will take part and have received funding through the plan for the energy saving initiative.


For more information, please contact:


Michael Kerrigan – USI President

Mob: (087) 691 1515

Ph: (01) 905 2095



Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh  – NUI Galway Students’ Union President

Mob: 086 385 5502

Ph: 091 492 746



Rapid HIV Testing Clinics at NUI Galway Students’ Union SHAG Week

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Rapid HIV Testing Clinics at NUI Galway Students’ Union SHAG Week


NUI Galway Students’ Union today launched their SHAG Week (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance) events which will include free confidential rapid HIV testing with AIDS West. The Rapid HIV Test is remarkable as it gives a HIV result in less than a minute – it is the world’s fastest HIV test. Worryingly the numbers of new diagnoses of HIV in Ireland have increased by 35% since 2011. Early diagnosis is also key, as HIV is often transmitted by people who are unaware that they are HIV Positive. The World Health Organisation estimates that 30% of people living with HIV do not know their status.


No appointment is necessary and all are welcome to attend the clinics 9.30am-12pm & 1pm-4pm on Monday 12th or Wednesday 14th of February in The View, Áras na Mac Léinn, NUI Galway. Contact AIDS West on 091 566 266 or email to find out more or to book an appointment if you prefer.


Other free events during the week include a charity comedy hypnotist gig, disclosure training with Galway Rape Crisis Centre, the Dirty Circus and Sex Toy Bingo which is nothing like the bingo your Granny might attend! The free, on campus, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Clinic will have extended hours during SHAG Week. The Students’ Union will also distribute free condoms to all students.


NUI Galway Students’ Union seeks to educate students about safe, consensual sex and prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections through initiatives such as their SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness & Guidance) campaigns.


Students’ Union Vice-President/Welfare Officer Megan Reilly said: “We are delighted to be working with AIDS West to bring this free and confidential service to campus for the first time. I would encourage people to get tested if they have concerns over their HIV Status. We’re looking forward to working with AIDS West in the future by having more regular testing on campus and also providing information and education.”


Manager of AIDS West, Joe McDonagh added: “We are very grateful that we have received funding from the Galway City Council Health Ireland Pobal Fund, which will allow us to roll out our Free Confidential Rapid HIV Testing service. We are working closely with our colleagues in the Infectious Disease Clinic at University Hospital Galway as we are very aware that there is considerable under detection/reporting of HIV, therefore there is a much greater need for accessible free HIV testing.”



For more information, contact:

Megan Reilly

Vice-President / Welfare Officer

NUI Galway Students’ Union

Ph. 091 493 570 / 086 385 3659


Full timetable of events available here:

A Message from An Garda Síochána

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A Reminder from An Garda Síochána that they have a zero tolerance approach with regards to excessive drinking, drug abuse and public disorder in Galway.

Excessive drink/drug abuse and public disorder will lead to one or more of the following:

  • Fixed Charge Notice
  • Arrest
  • Charge Sheet or Summons to Court
  • Fines of up to €1,500
  • Criminal Conviction
  • Imprisonment

The Implications of a Criminal Conviction:

  • You won’t get a J1 Visa
  • You may not get future employment
  • Expelled University for Breach of Student Code of Conduct
  • Impact on Garda vetting for future employment

Galway Bye-laws on consumption of alcohol in public places:

  • Gardaí can issue a €100 on the spot fine if they catch you drinking in the streets.
  • This goes up to €200 if not paid within 21 days.
  • If you don’t pay in 56 days you can end up in court facing a charge of €1,500.
  • Don’t take the risk.

Please act responsibly and respectfully. Look after yourselves and each other.


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SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance) Week 2018

An tSeachtain um Fheasacht agus Threoir ar an tSláinte Ghnéis, 2018

Monday 12th of February/Dé Luain, an 12 Feabhra

9.30am-12pm & 1pm-4pm FREE Rapid HIV Testing in the View

5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic by appointment only. Make your appointment in the Student Health Unit or phone 091 492 604.

8pm Comedy Sex Hypnotist Michael McCoy in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets €5 all proceeds go to Draiocht.

Tuesday 13th of February/Dé Máirt, an 13 Feabhra

10am-1.30pm Disclosure Training with Galway Rape Crisis Centre. This training is designed to increase awareness of the causes and effects of sexual violence and give participants an opportunity to practice scenarios involving a disclosure of sexual violence. Sign up in the SU Office – Limited to 20 Students – €10 Donation to Galway Rape Crisis Centre.

5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic by appointment only. Make your appointment in the Student Health Unit or phone 091 492604.

8pm Sex Toy Bingo at Sult. FREE Event.

Wednesday 14th of February/ Dé Céadaoin, an 14 Feabhra

Valentine’s Day Rolos and Roses – FREE while stocks last!

9.30am-12pm & 1pm-4pm FREE Rapid HIV Testing in the View

12pm-2pm AIDS West table at Smokey’s Café and Snapchat takeover

5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic by appointment only. Make your appointment in the Student Health Unit or phone 091 492 604.

8pm The Dirty Circus at Sult – Comedy, Burlesque, Cabaret and Sauciness at Sult. FREE event.

Thursday 15th of February/Déardaoin, an 15 Feabhra

5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic by appointment only. Make your appointment in the Student Health Unit or phone 091 492 604.

All Week: Guess correctly how many condoms are in the jar and you could win them all! Entry €1 which goes to the SU Charities Domestic Violence Response and AMACH!

All Week: SHAG Packs will be available all week from the SU Office, the SU Engineering Desk and the Welfare Crew around Campus. Beidh pacáistí SHAG ar fáil ó thús deireadh na seachtaine ó Oifig an Chomhaltais, ó Dheasc Innealtóireachta an Chomhaltais agus ón gCriú Leasa ar fud an champais.

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Referendum Result

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The proposed amendment to the NUI Galway Students’ Union constitution has passed with 90% in favour.

Total Poll: 546
Spoils: 2
Total Valid Poll: 544
Yes: 494
No: 50

Mental Health Week 2018

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Mental Health Week Events 2018

Seachtain na Meabhairshláinte Comhaltas na Mac Léinn OÉ Gaillimh 2018

Monday 29th January / Dé Luain, an 29 Eanáir

10.30am-11.30am FREE Pop up yoga in The View, Áras na Mac Léinn (upstairs)

All Day Jigsaw Galway Snapchat takeover!

Tuesday 30th January / Dé Máirt, an 30 Eanáir

10.30am-11.30am FREE pop up Yoga in The Large Acoustic Room, Áras na Mac Léinn (downstairs)

11am – 5pm Vintage Clothes Fair in Áras na Mac Léinn

5pm – 7pm FREE STI Clinic in Student Health Unit by appointment

Wednesday 31st January / Dé Céadaoin, an 31 Eanáir

10.30am – 3.30pm Chats For Change USI Roadshow in the Foyer of the Hardiman Research building

5pm – 7pm FREE STI Clinic in Student Health Unit by appointment

Thursday 1st February / Déardaoin, an 1 Feabhra

10.30am-11.30am FREE Pop up yoga in The View, Áras na Mac Léinn (upstairs)

10.30am-11.30am Online live Q&A with the Counselling Service

Saturday 3rd February / Dé Sathairn, an 3 Feabhra

11am-5pm Do good, feel good! Volunteer with the SU Charity Collection Day in aid of Domestic Violence Response & AMACH!

All week: Help us build a Mental Health Toolkit add your suggestions to the wall in the SU Office or email them to

All week: Look out for Snapchat takeovers from the Community Connector, Jigsaw and more!

All week: Look out for Welfare packs from the Welfare Crew!

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#littlethings is a mental health and wellbeing campaign. It highlights that there are things that you can do for yourself and others that will have a positive impact on how you feel and how you cope.

If you need any support or information please contact any of the following people: 

Chaplaincy Service 091 495 055

Counselling Service 091 492 427

Student Health Unit 091 492 604

SU Welfare Officer Megan Reilly 091 492 747

Jigsaw Galway 091 549 252

Samaritans Free phone 116 123

Here are the #littlethings that can make a big difference to our mental health and our wellbeing:

  • Keeping Active
  • Talking About Your Problems
  • Looking Out For Others
  • Doing Things With Others
  • Eating Healthily
  • Staying In Touch
  • Drinking Less Alcohol
  • Sleeping Well