The curious case of the missing goujon spiralled out of control in recent weeks. So significant was the backlash against the reduction in the number of goujons sold in DCU’s NuBar that it was covered by national news outlets.
A campaign was launched by SU President Dylan Kehoe to bring back the fifth goujon. It was decided that a ‘Goujon Appreciation Day’ would be held in NuBar where five goujons would once again be sold instead of four.
Which means that despite NuBar being the entity that took away the fifth goujon in the first place, it was decided that the best course of action to take is one that directly profits NuBar. This is the opposite of what a protest is supposed to be.
The ultimate resolution is that there will be one day a week where five goujons are served rather than four. The Goujon Appreciation Day will now be a weekly event.
Yet once again this is a course of action that directly benefits NuBar. Every single action taken has only improved the situation for the entity that the students should have been protesting against.
— Dylan Kehoe (@DylanKehoe) February 13, 2017
Kehoe was quick to declare this a victory, as originally NuBar had only wished to hold one of these Appreciation days every month. Kehoe says he negotiated until they agreed to a weekly arrangement.
So not only has the campaign resulted in NuBar profiting at every turn, Kehoe even succeeded in negotiating a situation that is even more beneficial to NuBar than the one they were originally intending to implement.
The stated goal of the campaign was to bring back five goujons permanently. As this has not been the result, it is unequivocal that this entire campaign has ultimately resulted in total failure.
It is apparent that Kehoe undertook this endeavour in an attempt to create some good PR for himself and the Student’s Union. In this at least he was successful, despite his inability to achieve anything of merit.
Do not be distracted or taken in by the weak acclamations of the SU President. Dylan Kehoe failed the students of DCU.
Bríon Hoban | Chief Sub-Editor