USI selection of Fianna Fáil speakers causes controversy.

The Union of Students of Ireland has attracted ire after it’s selection of three Fianna Fáil linked speakers for this years Students’ Union Training in Athlone.

The selection of Higher Education Authority (HEA) chief Tom Boland, former presidential Continue reading


Some events going on tomorrow (Tuesday)

Just came across some events that will be on campus tomorrow so giving them a plug in post form. Give them a gander and hopefully will see you there. 

First up tomorrow at 3pm in JH 3, celebrity economist David McWilliams will be giving a talk entitled “Where we have been & where we might be going”. I’m not sure who has Continue reading

Annual Open Government Partnership meeting to be streamed at NUIM

Those in Maynooth and surrounding areas can now participate in the first annual meeting of the Open Government Partnership in Brasilia which starts tomorrow, Tuesday April 17th, via a live stream on NUIM’s campus.

Starting at 12pm in the Bio Sciences and Engineering Building on the Universities North Campus, local activists, public officials and students can watch and interact via social media with proceedings in Brazil where the 50+ member states will convene “to celebrate the tremendous progress that has been made to date, to exchange best practices, and to grow and strengthen the global collaborative network of open government leaders” according to a message from the OGP.

Launched in September 2011, the OGP is an international organisation promoting multilateral initiative and seeking strong commitments from participating government institutions to promote transparency, increase civic participation, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to make government more open, effective, and accountability.

For those attending planning to attend and interact with the event in NUIM, you can keep up to date with details here.

-Pádraig McCarrick

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Observer reporting from USI Congress 2012

They said it could never be done, but the Student Observer is proud to announce that we will have corespondents bringing you all the happenings from this years USI Congress in the luxury 4 star Carlton Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe. 

Shane McNally, our very own Hunter S. will be taking a break from his libertine lifestyle to Continue reading