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Sun Oct 29, 2017, 03:02 PM

UCDSU President Ascough impeached


69% voted in favour of impeachment

Katie Ascough has been impeached as University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) President. Voting took place over the past two days, and 69% voting in favour of impeachment while 31% voted for her to remain as the union’s president.
The result was announced tonight just after 12.40am at the Student Centre in UCD and comes after an eventful three week campaign. The quorum of 2,455 was safely surpassed with 6,572 turning out. Students were asked to vote “that the current UCDSU President be removed from office”. Acough, who is pro-life, had said that she would delegate issues relating to abortion information as UCDSU is mandated to support the pro-choice campaign.


The petition to impeach Ascough reached over 1,200 signatures, and over the 3.5% union membership needed to initiate an impeachment referendum. When launching the petition, Crean spoke to Trinity News: “The petition was started because Ascough has acted undemocratically; she went against the other exces to redact the information from the original handbook, and put her personal politics before the wellbeing of the students she is supposed to represent.”
The impeachment campaign added that Ascough cut funds from the UCDSU Repeal campaign. Ascough said that as President, she questioned the need for a €500 increase to the fund.

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