News, Politics

UL Hosts Higher Education Debate

A panel of party representatives discussed funding for Higher Education in a debate hosted by economist Stephen Kinsella today. Despite a notable absence from Fianna Fail, Sinn Fein and The Social Democrats, the panel saw Fine Gael’s Maria Byrne, Green Party’s Brian Leddin, Aontu’s Michael Ryan and Jan O Sullivan from the Labour Party discuss their party’s manifestos. The debate …


News, Politics

JCB Plough Through Competition to Take Three Sabbatical Offices

By Evie Kearney The joint ticket of ‘JCB’ has successfully been elected to all three sabbatical positions for 2017/18. The team of Jack Shelly, Roberta Harrington and Conor Hussey will assume the offices of President, DP Welfare and VP Academic respectively at the end of May. Following the eliminations and vote transfers of RON, Christian Tan, and Aoife O’Brien; 4th …


Horgan, Harrington and Hussey Top An Focal Opinion Poll

By Evie Kearney An Focal ran an online poll to attempt to determine the results of the Students’ Union Sabbatical Officers election. The poll received 894 votes in total and the results were as follows:   President: Lorna Horgan – 41% Jack Shelly – 31% Christopher Denis Collins – 15% Oisin Taylor Blakely – 8% Seán Fitzgerald – 5%   …

ERB Votes Not to Disqualify Lorna Horgan from Presidential Race

By Evie Kearney & Paul Saunders The Students’ Union Electoral and Referenda Board (ERB) have voted not to disqualify presidential candidate Lorna Horgan following nine hours of deliberation today. The ERB were investigating a complaint made against Ms Horgan following posts on her social media accounts on Tuesday night. Ms Horgan was found to have published blatant defamation on social …

UL Students Shortlisted for Smedia Awards

By Evie Kearney An Focal has been shortlisted in six categories at this year’s Student Media Awards (Smedias). University of Limerick publications received eighteen mentions in total, comprising of submissions from An Focal, ULFM, individual students, and Journalism@UL project Limerick Voice. An Focal Editor Paul Saunders was shortlisted for both Editor of the Year and Journalist of the Year while …

Hacking of UL Website

By Tomás Heneghan The University of Limerick’s website was removed recently following a hack from an Algerian youth group. During the afternoon of Sunday, 20 April the group responsible for the breach, El Moujahidin, replaced the homepage of the university’s website with a message and logo. The message began with: “Hacked by El Moujahidin.” It continued: “Tell your gov, to …

ULSU Clubs and Societies Ball and Awards Ceremony 2015

By Michelle Hogan The ULSU Clubs and Societies Annual Ball and Awards Ceremony took place on March 25th 2015 in The Strand Hotel.  The night was full with the formalities of a drinks reception on arrival, with no shortage of glitz and glam from all attending. Entertainment was provided by UL Music Society with a live band and DJ. While …

ULSU Student Council Take Brussels 2015

By Aoife O’Brien In the dark early hours of the morning of the 19th of January thirty members of the University of Limerick’s Students Council set off for Brussels to learn about the EU and it’s governing structures. The group gathered, half-awake yet full of excitement for the days ahead. Through nothing short of a miracle all of us were …

ULSU Takes Its First National Stance With Marriage Equality Referendum

Students at the University of Limerick voted in favour of a yes vote for the upcoming marriage equality referendum which will take place on May 22nd. This means that the University of Limerick Student’s Union will now take a stand in order to support and promote a “yes” vote for the referendum in May should a campaign be put forward by …

Marian O Donnell To Take Over As ULSU Academic Officer 2015/2016

Marian O Donnell has been elected as the next University of Limerick Students Union Vice President/Academic Officer having run a strong campaign based on her knowledge and understanding of the Co-Op Office among many other things. During a discussion on ULFM, Marian explained that she will be fighting an on-going battle in order to lower the cost of repeat exams …