Clubs’ Officer Thomas O’Gorman has resigned from his position within the Students’ Union, The College View can reveal.
Gorman was the sole candidate for the Clubs’ Officer position during the elections in March. He was elected with 1571 voting in his favour, 363 voted to reopen the nomination (RON). His resignation will lead to the first Students’ Union by-election since 2009.
“Yes Thomas O’Gorman has left,” confirmed VP for Welfare, Domhnaill Harkin. “There will be a by-election, it will be in a few weeks time,” he continued.
The strain of working to repay his student loan was the main factor Gorman attributed to his dropping out.
“I withdrew from my course. I made a few mistakes which led to this moment; working 2 jobs to try pay a student loan and thinking that reading the notes on loop is as good as going to the lectures. Both of these factors led to my failure of the year and my withdrawal from my course,” Gorman explained.
“I was really looking forward to the upcoming year as clubs officer and I wish whoever fills the role the best of luck with it. However it is the end of my time in DCU for the minute,” he continued.
“Thomas is no longer a student of DCU. A pre-requisite for part-time officers is that they continue to be a student whilst holding their position on the SU executive, otherwise the position will be deemed vacant,” Returning Officer Steven Conlon told The College View.
“At the first CRC meeting I will advise the Council of the vacancy, once I am formally notified, and I will then call a bye-election to be held on the most suitable date,” Conlon said.