Two referenda set for November

'The New DCU' sign outside the Hub. Credit: Chai Brady

A referendum will be held in November asking students to vote on a proposed change to the DCU constitution that will allow for the creation of  a new Students’ Union.

The constitutional amendment will see the incorporation of  the DCU Students’ Union and St. Pat’s SU into a single entity. Both constitutions will be merged and the referendum will ask students whether or not they accept the change. The finer details are yet to be decided on by the CRC.

Two separate elections are set for the same date, one of which will see the vacant Clubs’ Officer position filled. The opening comes following the departure of Thomas O’Gorman who stepped down from his role at the start of the semester after dropping out of the university. His resignation will lead to the first SU by-election since 2009.

Returning officer, Steven Conlon said that: “Under the constitution I am allowed call a referendum at the earliest opportunity. For logistical reasons this will be the earliest opportunity.”

The CRC have the option to appoint an interim Clubs’ Officer until a new officer is elected, but it remains to be seen whether or not that right will be exercised.

Students will also be asked to elect two members to the Office of Students’ life body. Following no interest last year, Conlon has decided to reopen the vacancy.

David Clarke

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