Students in protest march to hospital

DkIT students are planning to march in protest from the on-campus nursing building to Louth County Hospital later today (Wednesday, February 9).

DkIT students are planning to march in protest from the on-campus nursing building to Louth County Hospital later today (Wednesday, February 9).

According to DkIT Student Union President, James Clarke, the students will start marching at 12.30pm because 4th year student nurses have had their wages cut.

The march is one of several which have been planned by Student Unions and the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation (INMO) to take place all over the country.

The country’s 6,000 trainee nurses and midwives will be balloted to withdrawm their labour from early March.

Meanwhile, DkIT SU urged all local students to register to vote on campus this week ahead of the impending general election.

DkIT SU set up special stands on campus yesterday (Tuesday, February 8) with the aim of registering 500 to 800 students to vote.

The initiative took place as part of the Union of Students in Ireland’s “Your Future, Your Vote” campaign.

For the campaign, USI officers embarked on a national bus tour of colleges around the country and visited DkIT as part of the campaign.

“Your Future, Your Vote” aims to allow the younger generation of Ireland to decide their own future and to make the politicians aware that students are registering to vote en masse.

DkIT SU President James Clarke said: “DkIT SU is urging all local students to register to vote prior to the looming general election.

“For too long the younger generations of Irish society have been ignored and it is time politicians sat up and listened.”

He added: “Young people in Ireland will shoulder years of crippling debt thanks to the mistakes of the current generation and we will not tolerate a single second more of lacklustre governance from Irish politicians.

“On polling day, politicians in every corner of the country will realise that students are no longer a dormant force as thousands of young people descend on polling stations to decide the future direction of this country.”