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NUI Galway Students’ Union condemns unprecedented rent increases in Student Accommodation

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NUI Galway Students’ Union condemns unprecedented rent increases in Student Accommodation

NUI Galway Students’ Union has publicly called out the Menlo Park Apartment complex for the rent increases it has come out with this week. The apartments, located on the Headford Road and privately owned, accommodate about 140 NUI Galway students every year. Prices have been rising steadily year on year, but the increase this year have seen the price of a single en-suite room rise by €1,390 compared to last year’s prices, which is an increase of 20%.

Megan Reilly, President of the Students’ Union, said: “It is beyond frustrating that a year after our efforts protesting the accommodation price rise in Cúirt na Coiribe, we are facing yet another such increase in one of our accommodation providers. These kind of rent increases not captured by the Residential Tenancies Act exploit students in a time of an accommodation crisis, and they must not go unchallenged.”

Last year a commitment was made by the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government that the Government would move to introduce legislation that would extend the 4% rent cap rule to purpose built student accommodation, but nothing has come of this yet. According to the Residential Tenancies Board, Rent Pressure Zones are designated areas where rent can only be increased by up to 4% a year. Located in parts of the country where rents are highest and rising, they are intended to moderate the rise in rents in these areas and create a stable and sustainable rental market.

Megan added: “The failure of the Government to act on this matter means unregulated rent increases in Student Accommodation continue to happen, while the private housing surrounding these areas is bound by the 4% rule. Soaring Accommodation prices continue to be one of the biggest barriers to securing a Third Level education, with parents now being faced with paying the increase, or students having to work extra hours to afford to live in Galway.”

“Not Consent” Exhibition to open NUI Galway Students’ Union SHAG Week

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“Not Consent” Exhibition to open NUI Galway Students’ Union SHAG Week

NUI Galway Students’ Union will launch their SHAG Week (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance) events on Saturday 9th of February with the Galway premier of the “Not Consent” Exhibition in the O’Donoghue Centre. This powerful piece features exhibits of clothing worn at the time of sexual assault or rape donated by the victims. The exhibition is curated by Ruth Maxwell who survived a horrendous attack on her way to work in Dublin in 2016 and aims to end victim blaming culture. The exhibition will be open 2pm-6pm and there will be representatives from Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Stop Domestic Violence in Ireland, Survivors Side by Side and NUI Galway Students’ Union speaking at the event along with performances from well-known musicians.

On Tuesday 12th of February at 6pm the Students’ Union will also host the NUIG premier screening of the movie “The Meeting” in the D’Arcy Thompson Theatre in conjunction with Galway Rape Crisis Centre. The film is based on a real meeting which took place between Ailbhe Griffith and the man who, nine years earlier, subjected her to a horrific sexual assault and left her seriously injured and fearing for her life. Griffith, in an extraordinary move, plays herself in this unique drama and will be speaking at the event. Limited free tickets are available via Eventbrite.

Other events during the week include disclosure training with Galway Rape Crisis Centre, information on violence in relationships from COPE Galway, a saucy Valentine’s Day show from 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 students.

Students’ Union Vice-President/Welfare and Equality Officer Clare Austick said: “We are delighted to be working with Ruth Maxwell to bring the amazing “Not Consent” exhibition to NUIG. Students’ Unions and Universities need to take a strong lead in ending the culture of victim blaming as sexual violence and harassment are still prevalent issues in today’s world. How somebody is dressed is not consent. Consent is Ongoing, Mutual and Freely Given – this is the core message of the NUIG Smart Consent courses.”

Students’ Union President Megan Reilly said: “We hope that our SHAG week events will encourage our students to take a responsible attitude to sexual health and healthy relationships. We still have a long way to go in Irish society in terms of breaking down the taboo of talking about sex.  We want our students to be educated about their sexual safety.”

Full programme of events available at:

NUIG SHAG Week February 2019

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SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance) Week 2019

An tSeachtain um Fheasacht agus Threoir ar an tSláinte Ghnéis, 2019

Saturday 9th of February / Dé Sathairn, an 9 Feabhra

Monday 11th of February / Dé Luain, an 11 Feabhra

  • 1pm-3pm Mental Health Mondays at Smokey’s Café
  • 5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic in the Student Health Unit. Phone 091 492 604 for appointment.

Tuesday 12th of February / Dé Máirt, an 12 Feabhra

Wednesday 13th of February / Dé Céadaoin, an 13 Feabhra

  • 11am-3pm COPE Galway Violence in Relationships Information Table at Smokey’s Café
  • 1.10pm-1.50pm Mindfulness Shared Practice in AC201
  • 2pm-4.30pm FREE Rapid HIV Testing with AIDS West in The Stage, Áras na Mac Léinn

Thursday 14th of February / Déardaoin, an 14 Feabhra

  • 10am Valentine’s Day Chocolates and Roses – FREE while stocks last from the SU!
  • 5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic in the Student Health Unit. Phone 091 492 604 for appointment.
  • 8pm The Dirty Circus at Sult – Comedy, Burlesque, Cabaret and Sauciness! FREE event in the main bar.

All Week:

  • Free Condoms from the SU and SU Engineering Desk

More information from/ Tuilleadh eolais ar fáil ó

Mental Health Week January 2019

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Mental Health Week Events 2019

Seachtain na Meabhairshláinte Comhaltas na Mac Léinn OÉ Gaillimh 2019

Monday 28th January / Dé Luain, an 28 Eanáir

  • 12pm Financial Aid Fund Applications Close
  • 1pm-3pm Mental Health Monday at Smokey’s Café & the Engineering Building
  • 5pm-6.30pm Free Introduction to Mindfulness course in MY336 Áras Moyola.
  • 6.30pm-8pm Free Introduction to Mindfulness course in MY336 Áras Moyola.
  • 8pm David O’Doherty Comedy Gig in O’Flaherty Theatre. SOLD OUT! 

Tuesday 29th January / Dé Máirt, an 29 Eanáir

  • 8.10am-8.50am Mindfulness for Beginners Class in AC201
  • 11am-5pm Vintage Clothes Fair in Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 1pm-2pm Just Read – Social Reading Space in Group Study Room 1, 1st Floor of Library

Wednesday 30th January / Dé Céadaoin, an 30 Eanáir

  • 8am Lotus Society Swim Rise at Blackrock in Salthill
  • 1pm-2pm Celebrating Wellness: Recognising students & staff who are championing Mental Health and launch of Directory of Support Services in G010 Library Seminar Room
  • 1.10pm-1.50pm Mindfulness Shared Practice in AC201
  • 6.30pm-8.30pm University of Sanctuary Panel Discussion in AC202
  • 7.30pm Jamnesty Rave 4 Brave in The Loft, Seven Bar Galway. Tickets €5 from Socs Box.

Thursday 31st January / Déardaoin, an 31 Eanáir

  • 11am-4pm ALIVE Volunteering Fair in Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 4pm-5pm Counselling Workshop on Stress & Anxiety in G067 in the Psychology Building
  • 7pm-9pm Comedy Sketch Night in AC215

Saturday 2nd February / Dé Sathairn an 2 Feabhra

All week:

  • FREE Condoms and TOMPAX available all week from the SU & SU Engineering Desk
  • Positive Pebbles around Campus
  • Lecture Addresses sharing information about the Counselling Service

More information from/Tuilleadh eolais ar fáil ó


#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 and Equality Officer Clare Austick 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

Neil Delamare at NUIG

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Presents Neil Delamere & Gearóid Farrelly

Our €5 comedy gigs continue at 8pm on Monday 18th of February 2019 with Neil Delamere and Gearóid Farrelly in the O’Flaherty Theatre.

€5 tickets go on sale from the SU Office at 10am on Monday 7th of January 2019 and the SU Engineering Desk at 10am on Monday 14th of January 2019.

Neil Delamere

Neil Delamere is one of the top acts working in the comedy scene today, having presented Neil Delamere’s Just For Laughs and Republic of Telly as well as featuring on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Stand Up For The Week and Comedy Central at the Comedy Store. He is known to Irish audiences for his appearances on RTE’s The Panel and BBC’s The Blame Game. He wrote and presented the series of documentaries Holding Out for A Hero for RTE, which garnered an Irish Film and Television Award. He recently starred in the hit BBC Northern Ireland series Soft Border Patrol.

“You’ll be hard pressed to find a more gifted comic”*****The Scotsman

Twitter: @neildelamere
Facebook: /NeilDelamere
Instagram: @neildelamerecomedy

Gearóid Farrelly
Gearóid Farelly is a polished live performer. He is a regular at Irish festivals including Vodafone Comedy Festival, Kilkenny Cat Laughs, Electric Picnic, Halloween Howls, Galway Comedy Festival and is a regular touring support to some of the comedy’s top names including the late Joan Rivers in Dublin and the UK. His comedy career got off to a flying start in 2008, when in the space of a few short weeks he was a finalist in the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny? competition at the Edinburgh Festival and winner of Bulmers Nuthin Butt Funny Newcomer competition at the Bulmers Festival in Dublin. His stand-up appearances for television include Stand & Deliver, The Panel, Tonight With Craig Doyle and Dave’s One Night Stand. Gearóid is probably best known for playing PJ Gallagher’s conjoined-twin in Meet Your Neighbours. On radio he has a weekly slot with Neil Delamere on Today FM.

“Intelligent, reflective comedy” Irish Times
“Quick and Snappy” The Skinny

David O’Doherty at NUIG SOLD OUT!

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UPDATE: This event is now SOLD OUT! 

NUI Galway Students’ Union Presents: David O’Doherty

We are delighted to welcome back David O’Doherty to NUI Galway at 8pm on Monday 28th of January 2019 in the O’Flaherty Theatre, NUI Galway. Tickets are just €5 and all proceeds to go the SU Charities Galway RCC and COPE Galway

Tickets go on sale from the SU Office at 10am on Monday 7th of January 2019 and the SU Engineering Desk at 10am on Monday 14th of January 2019.

David O’Doherty is an award-winning comedian, author and musician. First nominated for best newcomer in 2000 for his show The Story of the Boy Who Saved Comedy, David went on to win the main Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2008 for Let’s Comedy. He has returned to the festival every year since then, receiving widespread acclaim from both audiences and critics. He has also toured the UK and Ireland a number of times. David’s television credits include The Modest Adventures of David O’Doherty (RTÉ), Live at the Apollo (BBC 2), 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4). He has also previously been a guest on and hosted Never Mind The Buzzcocks and made appearances on shows such as QI, Dave’s One Night Stand, Would I Lie To You? and Have I Got News For You.

David is also a successful author. He published his first book, a children’s title called Ronan Long Gets It Wrong, in 2000. His next two books were the “wonderfully daft” (The Big Issue) 100 Facts About Pandas and 100 Facts About Sharks, written in conjunction with Mike Ahern and Claudia O’Doherty. He wrote another children’s title called Danger Is Everywhere in 2014 and this was followed up by sequel Danger Is Still Everywhere, which was nominated for the Scholastic Laugh Out Loud Book Award 2016. A third instalment, Danger Really Is Everywhere: SCHOOL OF DANGER, was released in October 2016.

Twitter: @phlaimeaux
Facebook: /actualdavidodoherty
Instagram: @phlaimeaux

What Will You Do In 2019?

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What Will You Do in 2019?

*Learn Sign Language
SU Sign Language 10 Week course starts 29th January

*Have the Best Summer Ever
SU Working & Travelling Abroad Fair Wednesday 23rd January

*Raise Money For Charity
SU Charity Collection Day Saturday 2nd February for Galway Rape Crisis Centre/COPE Galway

*Run For Election
SU Election Nominations open Thursday 14th February

*Learn To Save Lives
SU Life Skills First Aid Responder Course/CFR Course/ASIST

SU €5 Comedy Gigs: David O’Doherty (28th Jan) & Neil Delamere (18th Feb)

Contact for more information

Top-up your Student Leap Card at the Students’ Union

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You can now top-up your Student Leap Card at the NUI Galway Students’ Union office!

Please note all the below fares are the Student rates for the Student Leap Card only.

To obtain your Student Leap Card:

  1. Go to and complete the online application.
  2. Bring the order confirmation code to the SU office along with your Student ID or a letter from your School/College and we can print the card off for you. Please note the code expires after 7 days.
  3. The Student Leap Card costs €10 and doesn’t have any credit on it.

There are two options for topping up your Leap Card with credit in the SU Office and we don’t charge any commission! 

Option 1: Pay-as-you-go

If you are looking to use the pay-as-you-go option you can top up your Student Leap Card with Travel Credit to the value of your choice. The fare when using the pay-as-you-go on Bus Éireann would be €1.68 a trip for bus trips in 01-11 stages and €1.98 for the 12+ stages.

Option 2: Load a ticket onto your Card

For Bus Éireann you have three options of tickets which can be loaded to your Leap Card:

  • 24 Hour – €4
  • 7 day – €16.80
  • Monthly – €59.50 (The monthly ticket is done by calendar month e.g. 1st January to 31st January)

For City Direct there is only the option of the Monthly Ticket:

  • Monthly – €50

The Students’ Union Office is located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building (beside Sult) and we are open 10am-5pm Monday-Friday during term time.

NUIG Working & Travelling Abroad Fair 2019

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The NUI Galway Working and Travelling Abroad Fair 2019 will help you to plan the best summer ever!

The Fair will take place 12pm-3pm on Wednesday 23rd January 2019 in Áras na Mac Léinn. 

Exhibitors include: J1 Visa companies, travel companies, volunteering/adventure companies, internships/training companies and there will be delicious food stalls to fill your belly as you plan your summer! There will also be information talks during the day in The View upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn.

NUI Galway does not endorse or affiliate any external company exhibiting at the Fair.

Confirmed Exhibitors:

ALIVE – NUI Galway’s Student Volunteering Programme

Campus France Ireland – Campus France Ireland is here to help all Irish students and international students based in Ireland who want to pursue their higher education in France.

Capture Travel – Group Trips Abroad

CCUSA – Summer Camp Jobs, Work or Volunteer Experiences and Adventures in the USA and around the World!

Club Travel / SAYIT – J1 USA Visas

J1 Ireland – J1 Summer Work Travel Self Placement

Partnership International – Career Training Programmes

USA Summer Camp – Spend your J1 in a Summer Camp in the USA

USIT – Plan your next adventure anywhere in the world includes USA, Canada  and Australian Visas

Teach To Beach – Teach English in Vietnam

Confirmed Talks in The View upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn: 

12pm-1pm SAYIT – J1 Summer Work and Travel Talk

1pm-2pm USIT – USA and Canada Summer Options Talk

2pm-3pm CCUSA – Want to have the #BestSummerEver at a summer camp in America or Canada?

Confirmed Food Stalls: 

Brown Bag Donuts

Joachim’s German Bratwurst 

The Great Poutini’s

Applications Open for SU Cloakroom & Engineering Positions

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Applications are now OPEN for the vacant positions at the NUI Galway Students’ Union Cloakroom and Engineering Building Information Point for the remainder of the 2018/19 academic term until 10th May 2019.

Please send your CV together with cover letter to Joanna Brophy, Assistant Manager, NUI Galway Students’ Union by email only to before 5pm on Friday 14th of December.

Full job description is available HERE: Job Description SU Engineering Desk Staff

Late applications will not be accepted.

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Cloakroom will be open 9am-6pm Thursdays & Fridays. The Engineering Desk will be open 11am-3pm Monday-Friday.

Please only apply if you will be available to work during these hours. 

Please note: You must be available for training on Wednesday 9th of January and be prepared to start work on Monday 14th of January.