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NUI Galway Students’ Union Welcomes Private Members Bill on Student Accommodation

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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!

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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


Summer Lockers on Sale Now

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€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


NUI Galway Summer Holiday Arrangements 2018

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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.

Summer in Galway 2018

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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 Sun 15th – 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!


#CúirtShakedown Statement 4th May 2018

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UPDATE: 25th June 2018 NUI Galway Students’ Union Files Case against Student Accommodation Provider

UPDATE: 7th June 2018 Students’ Unions and TDs Issue Plea to Galway Landlords

UPDATE: 29th May 2018 NUI Galway Students’ Union Welcomes Private Members Bill on Student Accommodation

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

  1. Attend our protest at 1pm on Tuesday 8th of May 2018 at Cúirt na Coiribe (meet outside the Library at 12.30pm)
  2. Sign the petition here
  3. Use #CúirtShakedown on social media to say no to the exploitation of NUI Galway Students
  4. Email to help out with the campaign

All press queries should be directed to the SU President Lorcán on or phone 086 385 5502.


May Bank Holiday Arrangements

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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

We Are Hiring a Sin Editor

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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. 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 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
  • CV
  • 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:

Closing date:            5:00pm Monday 11th June 2018

Interviews:              Friday 29th June 2018

#NUIGSU18 Part Time Officer Election and Referendum Results

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#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

Spoils 95

Total Valid Poll 1,049

Quota 526

Níc Amaill, Gráinne 227

Nic Dhonnchadha, Adhna 783

RON 36


Societies’ Chairperson Election Result: Brandon Walsh Deemed Elected

Total Poll 41

Spoils 0

Total Valid Poll 41

Quota 21

Kelly, Chris 11

Ruane, Sinéad 6

Walsh, Brandon 23



Clubs’ Captain Election Result: Ryan Guilfoyle Deemed Elected

Total Poll 4

Spoils 0

Total Valid Poll 4

Quota 3

Guilfoyle, Ryan 4



Postgraduate Taught Officer Result: Cameron Keighron Deemed Elected

Total Poll 100

Spoils 17

Total Valid Poll 83

Quota 42

Grimes, Lorraine 19

Keighron, Cameron 60



Postgraduate Research Officer Result: Jibran Abbasi Deemed Elected

Total Poll 99

Spoils 10

Total Valid Poll 89

Quota 46

First Count

Abbasi, Jibran 43

Monahan, David 37


Second Count

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

Spoils 18

Total Valid Poll 347

Quota 176

Breslin, Joshua 53

Jordan, Ethan 20

McKeagney, Rían 198

O’Neill, Callum 65

RON 11


Convenor of the College of Science Result: Scott Green Deemed Elected

Total Poll 287

Spoils 6

Total Valid Poll 281

Quota 141

Green, Scott 175

Hurley, Patrick 104



Convenor of the College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences Result: Liezel Ravenscroft Deemed Elected

Total Poll 207

Spoils 2

Total Valid Poll 205

Quota 104

Ravenscroft, Liezel 121

Rufai, Gertrude 84



Convenor of the College of Engineering & Informatics Result: Roshan George Deemed Elected

Total Poll 151

Spoils 2

Total Valid Poll 149

Quota 76

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

Spoils 2

Total Valid Poll 142

Quota 71

First Count

McGivern, Clodagh 68

Murphy, Ciara 58

RON 14

Non Transferable 4

Second Count

McGivern, Clodagh 70

Murphy, Ciara 59

Non Transferable 15


Mature Students’ Officer Result: Chuka Paul Oguekwe Deemed Elected

Total Poll 1,132

Spoils 95

Total Valid Poll 1,037

Quota 519

Oguekwe, Chuka Paul 609

Ó Rúairc, Brían 391

RON 37


International Students Officer Result: Daniel McFadden Deemed Elected

Total Poll 1,135

Spoils 87

Total Valid Poll 1,048

Quota 525

Hillerkuß, Ulrike 476

McFadden, Daniel 544

RON 28


Gender and LGBT+ Rights Officer Result: Alex Coughlan Deemed Elected

Total Poll 1,157

Spoils 79

Total Valid Poll 1,078

Quota 540

Coughlan, Alex 775

Dowd, Sorcha 248

RON 55


Disability Rights Officer Result: Muireann O’Sullivan Deemed Elected

Total Poll 1,154

Spoils 63

Total Valid Poll 1.091

Quota 546

First Count

Brogan, Megan 326

Connolly, Saoirse 310

O’Sullivan, Muireann 430

RON 25

Second Count

Brogan, Megan 327

Connolly, Saoirse 311

O’Sullivan, Muireann 432

Non Transferable 21

Third Count

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

Spoils 53

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. 


Notice of Referendum

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Notice of Referendum Thursday 12 April 2018

Fógra maidir le Reifrinn Déardaoin, an 12 Aibreán 2018

On Thursday 12th April you will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not you support the creation of the positon of Ethnic Minorities Officer.

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

Do you agree with referendum motion proposed by the SU Council on 5th March 2018 to create the position of Ethnic Minorities Officer?

If passed, a new part-time officer position of Ethnic Minorities Officer will be created.

Déardaoin, an 12 Aibreán, iarrfar ort vótáil i reifreann ar cibé acu a thacaíonn nó nach dtacaíonn tú le cruthú Oifigeach na Mionlach Eitneach.

Is mar seo a leanas a chuirfear an cheist ort ar an bpáipéar ballóide, agus beidh ortsa freagra Tá / Níl a thabhairt uirthi:

An bhfuil tú ag toiliú leis an rún reifrinn a mhol Comhairle Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn an 5 Márta 2018 le hOifigeach na Mionlach Eitneach a chruthú?

Má éiríonn leis an reifreann, cruthófar post d’oifigeach páirtaimseartha nua dar teideal Oifigeach na Mionlach Eitneach.

Polling will take place in the following locations – please bring your NUIG ID to vote:

An Bialann 10am-6pm

Áras na Mac Léinn 11am-8pm

Engineering Building 12pm-3.30pm

Friars Café 1pm-4pm

Online via Remote Vote on SU Website 10am-8pm (Deadline to register for Remote Vote midnight Weds 11th April)