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#NUIGSU19 Full Time Officer Election Results

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#NUIGSU19 Full Time Officer Election Results Friday 8th March 2019

President Election Result: Clare Austick deemed elected

Round 1

Austick, Clare 1,283

Seoighthe, Eibhlín 413

Total: 1,775

Spoils: 16

Total Valid Poll: 1,759

Quota: 880

RON: 63

Clare Austick deemed elected


Vice-President / Education Officer Election Result: Cameron Keighron deemed elected

Round 1
Keighron, Cameron 693
Silke, Steven 483
Vaughan, Sabrina 540
Total 1,772
Spoils 18
Total Valid Poll 1,754
Quota 878
RON 38
RON and Silke Eliminated

Round 2
Keighron, Cameron 869
Vaughan, Sabrina 785
Non Transferable 100
Cameron Keighron deemed elected

Vice President / Welfare and Equality Officer Election Result: Brandon Walsh deemed elected

Round 1
Guy, Ciarán 393
Walsh, Brandon 1272
Total 1764
Spoils 40
Total Valid Poll 1724
Quota 863
Brandon Walsh deemed elected


Voting to elect your Part Time Officers takes place on campus 10am-8pm next Thursday 14th of March. If you won’t be on campus to vote Remote Vote Registration via the SU Website will open this weekend and you have until midnight Weds 13th March to register.


SU Council Chair Election nominations will open at 10am on Monday 11th of March and close at 5pm Tuesday 19th of March. Nomination forms will be available from the SU Office and website.

Still Want to Run for SU Elections?

We have a number of part time officer positions left to fill.

  • Postgraduate Taught Officer
  • Postgraduate Research Officer
  • International Students Officer
  • Ethnic Minorities Officer

If you are interested in running for election to any of these positions just give us a shout on



NUIG Marchathon Challenge Starts 4th March

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NUIG Marchathon Challenge – Win Prizes for Walking!

The Marchathon Step Challenge is back at NUI Galway Monday 4th March – Friday 29th March. Win some great prizes, including Garmin Activity Trackers, Me2U Shopping Vouchers, and Smarter Travel Goodie Packs! This March we’re challenging you to grab some team mates, lace up your walking shoes and march your way to some great prizes! Make sure to sign up by Sunday 24th of February to be in with a chance to win a €50 Shopping Voucher in the early registration draw! The first 50 people to register will also get a Step Counter – absolutely free!

How to take part

  1. Get into a team of 3 – 6 people
  2. Sign up online at
  3. Team captain: choose a team name and set your team up on the Active Travel Logger
  4. Team members: sign up online at Active Travel Logger, find a team and join it.
  5. Get a Step Counter — download an app (e.g. Free Smarter Travel Step Counter), buy a pedometer, use a Fit Bit, or other step tracking device
  6. From 4th March to 29th March get walking where possible, aiming to increase your steps throughout the challenge
  7. Have Fun and Get Competitive!

#NUIGSU19 Election Updates

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  1. Nominations
  • Full Time Officer Nominations Close 5pm TODAY Thursday 21st of February
  • Part Time Officer Nominations Close 5pm Thursday 28th of February
  • SU Council Chair Nominations Open 10am Monday 11th of March
  • Nomination forms are available from the SU Office and Website
  • Completed Nomination Forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office by the deadline


  1. NUI Galway Students’ Union Election Hustings

This is your chance to meet your #NUIGSU19 Election Candidates and #ListenQuestionDecide who to vote for.


  1. Voting
  • Full Time Officer Voting Takes place 10am-8pm Thursday 7th of March
  • Part Time Officer Voting Takes place 10am-8pm Thursday 14th of March
  • SU Council Chair Voting Takes place 6pm Monday 25th of March
  • NUIG Student ID required to Vote
  • Voting restrictions apply for Postgrad, Clubs, Socs and SU Council Positions


  1. Not on Campus to Vote?

If you won’t be on campus to vote you can register for a Remote Vote

  • Log on to the SU Website from midnight Sunday 24th February to register for a remote vote for the Full Time Officer Elections.
  • Once you have registered you need to log on again 10am-8pm Thursday 7th of March to cast your vote.


More information:

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