UCD SU, Ireland's largest 3rd level institute, has voted to leave USI by 1687 to 1039.
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All kinds of mad rumours abounding that it's all a great big YFG plot (LookLeft Mag's Facebook page).
What now for the USI? It would seem that some national union of students is needed in order to maximise any influence that students want to have on the Government and other bodies. Each individual union is easy to ignore on their own and a divide and conquer approach could be taken to them.
The USI seems to suffer from simply being seen as a convenient jump off point for national political careers for budding FFers and FGers (Lab in the past).