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“We direct our anger towards the company that is profiting from their imprisonment” – UL Students Protest Aramark

  UL students staged a boycott against Aramark restaurants and cafes on-campus this Wednesday in response to their operations in the direct provision system. Aramark Corporation, which supplies catering services to three Direct Provision centres, including centres UL students reside in, also runs seven restaurants and cafes in UL including cafes in the main building, in Kemmy Business School, PESS, …


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UL Launches Campus Safety Information Campaign

UL, in conjunction with An Garda Siochana & UL Student Life, LITSU and LSADSU have launched a campus safety information campaign. The “Campus Watch Booklet” is part of ongoing collaborations to raise awareness and provide information on campus safety to students. The booklet, published in English, Irish, Arabic, Mandarin and Spanish, is aimed at encouraging students to be safe whilst …


Stables’ annual “Christmas Days” event cancelled

There will be no “Christmas Days” event in The Stables Club or The Scholars Club this year.   The campus bars made the announcement in Facebook posts yesterday due to concerns over students’ safety.   The annual “Christmas Days” event traditionally runs over two days every November, where Stables serve a traditional Christmas dinner.   The post also stated that …

ULSL Hand Out Counter Flyers On Direct Provision Facts

UL Student Life have started handing out flyers this week about ‘the facts’ surrounding direct provision.   The flyers are in response to similar flyers handed out by Aramark, the catering company who run most food outlets on campus, two weeks ago.   The company’s role in direct provision has come under scrutiny from UL students in recent weeks with …

Letter to the Editor: International Men’s Day

As a daughter, a big sister, a little sister and a friend, I felt compelled to write something for International Men’s Day. Much of this year has been about focusing on women’s issues, and these conversations are important and long overdue. It is right that we as women are angry and calling for change, but while it is a man’s …

UL Staff and Students Collect Thousands of Toiletries for Asylum Seekers

UL staff and students collected thousands of toiletries for those living in direct provision last week. A number of buildings around UL acted as drop-off points for the toiletries drive including UL Students Life centre, University Concert Hall, Irish World Academy and the Glucksman Library. Staff in the main building, the languages building, the health sciences building, the millstream building, …

SL President Urges Students To Use Their Voice After Low UGM Turnout

Twenty-one students attended the UL Student Life (ULSL) General Meeting last week meaning scheduled motions could not be passed.   A minimum of 100 students are needed to attend the Union General Meeting in order to pass a proposal.   President Ciara-Jo Hanlon said she believed the time and location had a lot to do with the low attendance but …

UL Defends Contract with Aramark but ULSL will continue to Urge the University to Terminate it

The University of Limerick have defended its stance to contract Aramark according to an article in the Irish Independent today. A spokesman for the university told the paper it was aware of student concerns and had raised the issues with Aramark. They defended their University of Sanctuary status stating they offer those living in Direct Provision a chance to go …

Founder of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin has died after a prolonged illness

The founder of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance has died after a prolonged illness.   Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin was one of Ireland’s best-known musicians, composers and academics.     Professor Ó Súilleabháin was Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of Limerick and Director at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance which he founded …

We stand with those in direct provision – who do you stand with? – An Open Letter to UL President Des Fitzgerald

It was in a “spirit of welcome” that the University of Limerick sought recognition as a University of Sanctuary. That’s according to the UL website, which also states the university “will become a key driver in raising awareness of particular issues impacting on the lives of refugees and asylum seekers as well as promoting a spirit of inclusion and welcome …