March 2015

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SU Part Time Officer Elections

Whats Happening



David O’Doherty gig IMPORTANT UPDATE

So unfortunately David has to go over to America and teach a Zumba class in the White House BUT the show must go on so we have the wonderful Al Porter, who just sold out 3 nights in Vicar Street, in as a very able, funny, David O’Doherty replacement.

Anyone who already bought a ticket for the gig can use it for the Al Porter show which will be on same time/date/venue OR you can get a full refund from the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm (up until 1pm on Monday 13th April)

Tickets for Al Porter are €5 for 8pm Monday 13th April in the O’Flaherty Theatre.

David will be back to us in September to play an apology show. 



Saint Patrick’s Day Bank Holiday Arrangements 2015


Saint Patrick’s Day: Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!

Please note that the following will be closed on Tuesday 17th March 2015 for the Saint Patrick’s Day Bank Holiday:

  • The SU Office
  • The SU Cloakroom
  • The SU Shop
  • The Student Health Unit
  • The James Hardiman Library
  • The College Bar
  • Caife na Gaeilge
  • The Hub
  • The SU Engineering Desk
  • Smokey’s Café

The Reading Room will be open as usual. The Wall Café will be open with reduced hours. 

NUI Galway Students’ Union Election & Referenda Results 2015


NUI Galway Students’ Union Election & Referenda Results 2015

Congratulations to the newly elected NUI Galway Students’ Union Sabbatical officers who will take up office on the 1st of July. They are: President Phelim Kelly, Vice-President/Education Officer Rebecca Melvin and Vice-President/Welfare Officer Jimmy McGovern. The students of NUI Galway also voted that the Students’ Union will now actively support the legalisation and regulation of the cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis for adults aged 18 years and over. 

On Thursday 12th of March students will go back to the polls at NUI Galway to elect their part-time officers and to decide on a referendum regarding the Students’ Union Constitution.

Here are the full election and referenda results:

RESULT: President

Total Poll: 2,727

Spoiled Votes: 50
Total Valid Poll: 2,674

Quota: 1,338

1st Count:

Doyle, Ross: 283

Kelly, Phelim: 1,110

McLoughlin Cian: 60

Moran, Cillian: 193

Picard, Karl: 996

RON: 32

Re-Open Nominations and McLoughlin, Cian Eliminated.

2nd Count:

Doyle, Ross: Eliminated

Kelly, Phelim: 1,298 (+188)

McLoughlin Cian: Eliminated

Moran, Cillian: Eliminated

Picard, Karl: 1,152 (+156)

RON: Eliminated

Phelim Kelly Deemed Elected

RESULT: Vice President/Education Officer Election

Total Poll: 2,649
Spoiled Votes: 65
Total Valid Poll: 2,584
Quota: 1,293

1st Count:
Duffy, Joanne: 1,086
Melvin, Rebecca: 1,417
RON: 81

Rebecca Melvin Deemed Elected

RESULT: Vice President/Welfare Officer Election

Total Poll: 2,648

Spoiled Votes: 44
Total Valid Poll: 2,604

Quota: 1,303

1st Count:

Broderick, Shane: 585

McGovern, Jimmy: 1,254

Reilly, Megan: 739

RON: 26

Re-Open nominations and Broderick, Shane eliminated

2nd Count:

Broderick, Shane N/A

McGovern, Jimmy: 1,483 (+229)

Reilly Megan: 938 (+199)


Jimmy McGovern Deemed Elected

RESULT: SU Council Chair Election


Gallagher, Ronan

Sherlock, Cathal

Cathal Sherlock Deemed Elected

Referendum Result:

Total Poll: 2,665

Spoiled Votes: 31

Total Valid Poll: 2,634

Quota: 1,318

1,796 YES votes

838 NO Votes

Proposal Passed

NUI Galway Students’ Union now actively supports the “legalisation and regulation of the cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis for adults aged 18 and over.”


SU Weekly Email 24 – 5th March 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.


Today you are asked to vote to elect your SU President, SU Vice-President/Education Officer and SU Vice-President/Welfare Officer for 2015/16. You are also asked to vote in a referendum on the Students’ Union position on the legalisation and regulation of the cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis. Your vote is your voice so make sure you use it!

Polling Stations will are open in the following locations and you need your NUIG ID with you to vote:

  • An Bhialann 10am-7pm
  • Áras na Mac Léinn 11am-8pm
  • Engineering Building 12pm-4pm
  • Remote Vote 10am-8pm on SU Website (for those who registered before midnight last night)

Notice of Referendum Thursday 12th March 2015

Referendum on Constitutional Amendment proposed by Students’ Union Executive Committee

On Thursday 12 March you will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not to approve an amendment to article 17 of the Students’ Union Constitution as proposed by the Executive Committee.

The wording which will appear on the ballot paper, requiring a Yes / No answer, will be:

Do you agree with the following constitutional amendment which has been proposed by the Students’ Union Executive Committee:

At Article 17.C replace “Students Union Executive” with “the Board of Trustees as members of the Company”.

Delete Article 17.D in its entirety and re-designate the subsequent sub-articles accordingly.

At the end of the current Article 17.E (to be re-designated 17.D) insert the following new provision:

Once deemed elected, the incoming President of the Students’ Union shall be a non-voting attendee at the Board of Directors until s/he commence his/her term of office as President.

This referendum has been requested by 500 members of the Students’ Union in accordance with the Students’ Union Constitution, Article 16.

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2015 Comhaltas na Mac Léinn, OÉ Gaillimh 9 – 12iú Márta 2015

Úsáid do Theanga

Dé Luain/Monday

Biachlár College Bar trí Ghaeilge

College Bar menu as Gaeilge

12-3 i.n. Seomra na Gaeilge The View le Baking Soc

12pm-3pm Seomra na Gaeilge with Baking Soc

8 i.n. Tráth na gCeist Boird College Bar. Ceathrar an foireann, iontráil saor in aisce agus duaiseanna ar fáil!

8pm Table Quiz College Bar. 4 people per team, free entry and prizes to be won!

Dé Máirt/Tuesday

Biachlár College Bar trí Ghaeilge

College Bar menu as Gaeilge

Lá Gan Béarla – Úsáid do Theanga

A day without English – Use your Gaeilge

5.30-7.30 i.n. Óga Yóga-seisiún ióga trí Ghaeilge. Sínigh suas san SU – méid áirithe spás ar fáil! Áras na Mac Léinn

5.30-7.30pm Óga Yóga-Yoga Session as Gaeilge. Sign up in the SU, limited spaces available! Áras na Mac Léinn

Dé Céadaoin/Wednesday

Biachlár College Bar trí Ghaeilge

College Bar menu as Gaeilge

12-2 i.n. Seomra na Gaeilge The Stage le Baking Soc

12pm-2pm Seomra na Gaeilge The Stage 12-2pm with Baking Soc

Céadaoin na gCoiscíní

Condom Wednesday as Gaeilge


Biachlár College Bar trí Ghaeilge

College Bar menu as Gaeilge

11-4 i.n. Bricfeasta Gaelach College Bar

11am-4pm Irish Breakfast College Bar

8 i.n. Céilí College Bar le Trad Soc & Baking Soc

8pm Céilí College Bar with Trad Soc & Baking Soc

Sin Issue 10 – Elections Special

Read it online here.

SafeTALK Suicide Alertness Course

SafeTALK Suicide Alertness Course Thursday, 26th March 6:30-9:30pm G010 Moore Institute seminar room, Hardiman Building

What is safeTALK? safeTALK is a suicide alertness programme that prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. These specific skills are called suicide alertness and are taught with the expectation that the person learning them will use them to help save lives. This course is being run by the HSE West with the support of NUI Galway Health Promotion Service

For an application and further information, email

Connacht Rugby Tickets

Connacht vs Ulster NUIG Student Tickets €15 (College Road Stand) on sale now from the SU Office and Engineering Desk. Kick-off is 14:40 Saturday 11th April.

Part Time Officer Elections Thursday 12th March

Polling will take place on Thursday 12th March to elect the SU Part Time Officers for 2015/16. Nominations for these positions are now closed. Polling stations will be in An Bialann (10am-7pm), Áras na Mac Léinn (11am-8pm) and Engineering Building (12pm-4pm). Voting for the Clubs Captain and Society Auditor will only take place in An Bialann and only captains and auditors may vote in this election. Bring NUIG ID with you to vote.


Edithathon 5pm Tuesday 10th March

The Wiki-Project in Ireland and the Academic Writing Centre are delighted to invite you to an editathon on Women in History.

The editathon is a chance to hone your editing, writing, and research skills while improving the quality of free information resources. The event will take place on at 5pm on Tuesday 10th March. 

Participants will learn how to edit Wikipedia articles and use Library resources. All are welcome. Event Registration.

Register for your Remote Vote by midnight Weds 11th March

Students who will not be able to access any of the on-campus polling stations on Thursday 12th of March may cast their vote online using Remote Vote between 10am and 8pm. Please note that you must first register for your Remote Vote before midnight on Wednesday 11th of March by logging on to the SU Website– registration will open on Friday 6th March.

Please note: Remote vote cannot be used for Societies Chairperson or Clubs’ Captain election. Proxy forms are available from the SU for captains/auditors to transfer their vote.

Scheduled downtime for the WiFi Service
To facilitate essential maintenance the WiFi service will be unavailable on campus between 19:00 and 23:00 on Friday 13th March. In addition, the WiFi service will remain unavailable in the James Hardiman Library between 19:00 on Friday 13th March until 17:30 on Sunday 15th March.  This downtime will affect both NUIGWiFi and eduroam users.

The wired network service will not be impacted. If you have any queries, please contact the Service Desk (Tel. 091 495777 Email

Complete the National Student Survey – Win an iPad Air 2!

A national Student Survey is being carried out, which aims to help enhance the quality of education Irish students receive by asking you in detail about your experiences.   It is the only national student survey in Ireland, and it is important for the University to make sure our students’ views are well represented.

As a thank you for your participation, NUI Galway is offering you the opportunity to win an iPad Air 2!  Just tick a box at the end of the survey to be included in the prize draw. The winner will be chosen at random.

What you need to know

  • Only first year, final year and Postgraduate taught students can take the survey.
  • The survey will run in NUI Galway between Monday, 23 February and Sunday 15 March.
  • The survey is available at
  • The survey comprises 100 questions.
  • Students can partially complete the survey and return to the questions at any time while the survey is open. Answers will be saved and students have the possibility to change their answers up until the survey closes.

Registration is open for Darkness Into Light in aid of Pieta House

Starting at 4.15am, and crossing the line just as dawn is breaking, the phenomenon that is Darkness Into Light, the annual 5km walk/run in aid of Pieta House will celebrate its seventh year on Saturday, May 9th 2015, with 80 venues across Ireland and beyond lined up including Salthill in Galway. Student registration rate is €15.

Vodafone Campus Tour

Vodafone Campus Tour is on campus here in NUI Galway 11am-4pm TODAY at Áras na Mac Léinn. Pop down to them to get Ireland’s BEST EVER STUDENT OFFER and find out what amazing prizes are #UpForGrabs – check out @VodafonePlayground on Twitter.

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to with any questions or suggestions you may have. You can also like or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Our office is located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside the College Bar and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.

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