IT will be business as usual at Dundalk IT for the next 12 months after outgoing Student Union president James Clarke and vice-president David Branagan were re-elected to their respective positions following polling on Thursday.
Clarke, from the Point Road, saw off a number of strong competitors for the president’s position and is hopeful that his and David’s return to office is seen as a strong vote of confidence in their ongoing work at the college.
Speaking to The Dundalk Democrat about his success on Monday, James said: “I’m really looking forward to the next 12 months.
“We’ve been flat out over the last month working on our manifesto, speaking to people and get our team together so we were delighted then to be returned.
“We have a massive mandate from the students now and we know that we will be a lot strong with a year behind us already and it’s great to have that experience as it will be a busy year ahead,” said Clarke.
James has now set out his stall out for a busy year with a number of key priorities first and foremost at the front of his mind.
He said: “I know it’s a tough time financially for students and their families so we’ll be looking at a lot of ways to save students money in the next year.
“We have over 50,000 e-books in the college and we’re trying to get them put on the recommended reading lists to save people from having to buy them.
“We’d also like for the past exam papers to be put online as currently students have to buy them from the student shop at a cost of e20.”
James added: “Student safety will again be top of the agenda. We’ve also put a lot of work into the sexual health area. Last year we gave out 4,000 free condoms and this year we hope to give out 5,000 with a weekly condom run to encourage safer sex.”
James said he would also continue political lobbying against the re-introduction of third level fees and cuts in the student grant.