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Former SU President Lorna Fitzpatrick Elected President of the Union of Students in Ireland

03/04/2019

Lorna Fitzpatrick Elected President of the Union of Students in Ireland, 2019/2020The staff and students of Institute of Technology Carlow are delighted with the news that former Student’s Union (SU) President Lorna Fitzpatrick was last night elected as the next president of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). A Gorey native, Lorna served two terms as SU President at Institute of Technology Carlow after a year as Deputy President for Welfare & Education. She is currently USI Vice President for the Southern Region.

The Union of Students in Ireland represent 374,000 students across the island of Ireland. The presidential term will begin on 1st July.

As USI President Elect, Lorna has promised to bring greater transparency to the national organisation, provide better engagement with students at grass-roots level and address the current student accommodation crisis and funding for higher education.

Speaking after her win, Lorna commented, “I am absolutely delighted that the students have put their trust in me to lead this movement. I have said all throughout my campaign that we need to be strong and connected to win the fight that we face this year and I’m looking forward to leading our movement through that”.

“We are facing issues such as accommodation, access to higher education, higher education funding, ending direct provision, climate change, and social justice issues in Northern Ireland, alongside Irish language rights. I thank everyone who supported my campaign and am ecstatic to be the next President for the Union of Students in Ireland”, she added.

With the creation of Technological University Dublin this academic year and more awaiting designation, Lorna has promised to pay special attention to SU Executive Officers involved in this process by means of a TU Sub-Committee, regular meetings and lobbying relevant bodies.

While the future of BREXIT is unsure, Ms. Fitzpatrick said she also plans to increase communication with NUS-USI. She said she is also determined to fight for marriage equality and abortion care in Northern Ireland.