Ireland Second petition to impeach pro-life UCD Student President Katie Ascough accepted

11:25  11 october  2017
11:25  11 october  2017 Source:   Independent.ie

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A group of 20 University College Dublin ( UCD ) students has started a petition calling for the impeachment of the President of University College Dublin Students ’ Union (UCDSU), Katie Ascough

A group of UCD students have launched a petition to impeach current UCD Students ' Union President Katie Ascough . The petition for impeachment was launched in response to Ms Ascough 's involvement in having student handbooks pulled at the last moment due to abortion

Katie Ascough. © Independent.ie Katie Ascough. A second petition to impeach UCD Students' Union President Katie Ascough has been accepted.

The petition calling for her impeachment was handed in on Monday evening after collecting 1200 signatures.

UCD Returning Officer Stephen Devine accepted the petition and an impeachment referendum will now take place on October 25 and October 26.

Ms Ascough announced last night that she will take annual leave until the referendum has been called.

Campaigns and Communications Officer Barry Murphy who is Vice-President will be acting UCDSU President during this time.

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UCD student union president Katie Ascough (centre) at Rally for Life this July. Photograph: Jack Power. A petition to hold a referendum to impeach University College Dublin ’s student union president has been rejected as invalid by the union’s election returning officer.

A petition calling for a referendum on the impeachment of embattled University College Dublin Students ’ Union (UCDSU) President Katie Ascough has gained enough signatures in just Impeach UCDSU President is the group of 20 UCD students who launched the petition to impeach Ascough .

In a public statement on the UCDSU Facebook page, Ms Ascough called for students to not let the campaign “impact the day-to-day work of the Union, and that we continue to support and represent students.”

She asks that people “allow the campaign for impeachment and indeed my own campaign against impeachment to remain outside of SU business.”

In order for the impeachment campaign to win the referendum, a minimum of 10 per cent of the registered union members must vote, which equates to between 2,000 and 3,000 students, and the majority must be in favour of the motion.

If fewer than 10pc of union members vote, the impeachment campaign will lose the referendum.

Earlier this month, Returning Officer Stephen Devine, rejected the first petition as he was concerned with its validity.

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Petition Lauched to Impeach UCDSU President Ascough - College Tribune. A petition calling for the impeachment of UCD student ’s union (UCDSU) president Katie Ascough has appeared online this evening and will be distributed on

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Over 1620 students signed the petition calling for UCD SU President Katie Ascough to be impeached due to her pro-life views.

Just weeks into her presidential term Ms Ascough was criticised after she withdrew information over access to abortion services in a magazine circulated to new students.

Ms Ascough said she took an “executive decision” to redact the information after receiving legal advice that the abortion information was illegal in Ireland, despite the fact the information was previously available in UCD.

The information in the 'Winging It' magazine that was removed included pregnancy help websites, the prices of abortion in other countries and information on abortion pills.

While it is lawful to provide information in Ireland about abortions abroad, it is subject to strict conditions.

Ms Ascough's decision was widely criticised by the student body as the decision to remove the page, which required reprinting the annual guide, is estimated to have cost the union about €8,000.

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