NUIG students elect all women SU executive team

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Róisín Nic Lochlainn will be NUI Galway Students’ Union President in the next academic year after winning more than 50% of students’ votes in yesterday’s SU election.

Clodagh McGivern and Cora Clarke will join Róisín in the new executive team as Vice President / Education Officer and Vice President / Welfare and Equality Officer respectively, with both candidates also receiving over 50% of votes.

Current Welfare and Equality Officer Róisín Nic Lochlainn will take over from Pádraic Toomey as SU President, after winning a majority of the votes in the election.

Among Róisín’s manifesto pledges are to ensure that no student has more than one exam on the same day and to lobby the Department of Higher Education to secure subsidies for students who are paying more than €50 per year for textbooks.

Final year corporate law student James Pope took over 31% of first preference votes in the presidential election, while Joe Mee was the first choice for over 500 students (14%).

In another well-contested three-way race, Clodagh McGivern secured 51.28% of first preference votes in the election for VP/ Education Officer, with Neasa Gorrell winning over 26% and Conall McCallig taking more than 21% of first preference votes.

Cora Clarke romped to victory in the election for VP/ Welfare and Equality Officer, taking more than 54% of first preference votes. Erin Mac An tSaoir was the first choice for over 700 students as was Conor McWalters, who both won around 22% of first preference votes.

A total of 1,897 students (51.52%) voted Yes in the closely contested levy referendum, with 1,785 students voting No.