UCDSU to hold a referendum on stance of a united Ireland

Photo credit: Sinn Fein UCD Twitter/Facebook.[br]A referendum will take place in week 7 to determine UCD Students’ Union’s stance on the following question: “Should UCDSU have a pro-unity stance on a United Ireland.”The petition to hold a referendum on the topic of Irish unity was organised by UCD Sinn Féin's O'Connor/Humphreys Cumann. In a tweet from their account, the society claimed it collected 1000 signatures “in little over 8 hours of petitioning.”In order for the SU to hold a referendum, at least 3.5% of the total registered membership of the students union must have signed a petition to have a referendum. Those that signed the petition need not have wanted a United Ireland to sign, just for the SU to adopt a stance on the issue. The referendum will take place on the 7th and 8th of March. At the same time students will also be asked to vote on the SU's stance on fees, as well as the election of sabbatical positions for next year’s SU. In order to accommodate students who wish to partake in the #Strike4Repeal general strike, UCDSU are coordinating with UCD for Choice to allow those students to vote between 9am and 9pm on the 8th of March. #Strike4Repeal will happen on the 8th of March if the Irish government does not call a referendum to repeal the 8th amendment of the Irish constitution by that time