During the first RTÉ debate of the campaign, 69,000 tweets were sent, turning #LeadersDebate into the number two trending topic on Twitter worldwide. Photograph: Alan Place/FusionShooters

It’s hard not to romanticise election campaigns of old. They seemed tactile beyond measure, with candidates knocking on endless doors and pressing unt(...)

A ’Rock the Register’ event encouraging students to register to vote at DIT.  Pictured registering at the event is Annie Hoey. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is hoping to sign up thousands of students voters ahead of the General Election as part of its new Rock the Reg(...)

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is calling on students who have not yet registered to vote to do so before it is too late for the upcoming gene(...)

Delegates voting at a recent USI conference.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy/The Irish Times

What use is a students’ union? Every university and almost every college in Ireland has one, and every student is automatically enrolled in it when th(...)

A recent USI study found that one in five women who responded experienced some form of unwanted sexual experience during their time at third-level, with 11 per cent experiencing unwanted sexual contact. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

In Ireland, like in many countries, we haven’t got the best track record when it comes to sex education. There are also many issues to be tackled i(...)

File photo of the 5th Annual Marriage Equality March in 2013. The Union of Students in Ireland will launch its pro-marriage equality campaign on Tuesday.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) will launch its campaign to secure a “yes” vote in the forthcoming marriage equality referendum on Tuesday at t(...)

Ray Aller and Reggie Blennerhassett at the Abbey Theatre yesterday. Picture Nick Bradshaw

The generation who “tore Ireland apart” are not the young, but those who sacrificed the future for the sake of their property portfolios and banking (...)

Speaking at a rally in Dublin today, USI president Laura Harmon warned a combination of private sector rent price increases alongside the continuing shortfall in purpose-built student accommodation will fuel a dropout culture in third level education unless immediate action is taken.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) believes that Government intervention is now necessary to offset rising rent prices that may lead to an increas(...)

Minister Jan O’Sullivan with Vincent Hickey of SCSI

Getting a deposit back on a rental property often leaves the renter feeling guilty until proven innocent and ultimately short changed. A new guide pub(...)

The drugs are swallowed and ingested via small pieces of paper which are impregnated with a combination of LSD and methamphetamine. The paper is printed with illustrations of the superhero Captain America. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Gardaí have seized LSD drugs from an address in south Dublin which are believed to be those consumed by a number of UCD students hospitalised earlier (...)