April 2015

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NUI Galway students launch online petition against N6 Galway City Transport Project


NUI Galway students launch online petition against N6 Galway City Transport Project

The students’ campaign calls on decision-makers to go back to the drawing board

NUI Galway students have joined together to launch an online petition against the proposed routes of the N6 Galway City Transport Project. The petition calls on the NRA, ARUP, NRDO, Galway County Council, and Galway City Council to see reason and send the proposed route options back to the drawing board. It is supported by NUI Galway Clubs and Societies, as well as the University, the Kingfisher Club and the NUI Galway Students’ Union.

Five of the six proposed routes cut across the University campus, and two routes in particular are identified as having lasting negative impact on the community of 20,000 students and staff. The Red and Blue Routes would dissect the campus and involve the demolition of some of the most heavily-used student facilities, including the Sports Centre and swimming pool, Dangan Sports Pavilion, Regional Sports Centre, and Club playing and training pitches. The routes would also cause irreversible damage to the campus environment, which is the most biodiverse University campus in Ireland according to last year’s national BioBlitz competition. 

NUI Galway Students’ Union President, Declan Higgins, is fully backing the campaign: “A number of the proposed routes will have a hugely detrimental effect on our campus and, by extension of this, our students.”

A decision will be made this month on which of the proposed routes to take. In the meantime, NUI Galway Clubs and Societies are calling on their fellow students, University staff and the wider city community to get behind their campaign and save their campus. Two hours after the launch, the petition had already attracted 500 signatures, as well as many personal messages opposing the bypass cutting through the campus.

Sign the students’ petition online. Search for ‘Rethink N6’ on Change.org or visit: https://chn.ge/1xWUsuG  

SU Enterprise Awards Winners 2015


Student Wins €10,000 with Tidy Shower product at NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards

Sean Mc Garry, a 3rd year NUI Galway student studying Physics with Advanced French for Science from Westport Co. Mayo, has won the top prize of €10,000 in this year’s NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards. His company, “The TidyShower Co.”, has designed a range of contemporary bathroom accessories which solely focus on minimizing clutter and maximizing experience, thereby helping to breathe joy back into your shower time.The founder of “The Tidy Shower Co.” was presented with his prize by local entrepreneur Pat Divilly and judging panel member Dr Aidan Daly together with NUI Galway President, Dr James J. Browne and NUI Galway Students’ Union President, Declan Higgins.

The competition which is an initiative of NUI Galway Students’ Union is supported by NUI Galway and seeks to foster a spirit of entrepreneurship amongst students. In its five years, the competition has attracted entries from students studying a variety of subjects.

The two runner-up prizes of €5,000 each were awarded to “The Creative Native” and “Safe Farming Solutions”. The Creative Native” is a business development idea to create innovative digital educational resources for the modern learner. “The Creative Native” team consists of two final year PhD students, Eilis Flanagan from Donegal and Ali Mc Namara from Limerick.

Safe Farming Solutions” consists of a newly designed bolt that aims to improve farm safety and convenience when attaching machinery onto tractors. Aaron Duignan a 4th year student studying Corporate Law (International) from Carrick on Shannon in County Leitrim is the creator of “Safe Farming Solutions”.

Pat Divilly, who spoke at the awards ceremony said: “I’m thrilled to have been asked to speak at the SU Enterprise Awards. Setting up a business and going after a vision can be the most rewarding journey but can also bring massive challenges and even self-doubt. It’s important that young entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs are encouraged and mentored to instil confidence and belief in them. The SU have done a brilliant job in putting this event together and it was a brilliant evening”.

NUI Galway Students’ Union President, Declan Higgins said: “We have been overwhelmed by the number and standard of entries to the NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards. The entrants are testament to the exceptional initiative and creativity of students in social and business enterprise. They show that students are both able and willing to create the big ideas that will help fuel our recovery. The Students’ Union is delighted to be in a position to facilitate some of these ideas as they take their first steps. I have no doubt but that we are working with the leaders of the future.” 

Meet The 2015 Finalists