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Announcement of Presidential Election

Nominations for President of MISU will open on Monday 16th April @ 9am and close on Tuesday 17th April @ 12pm. Nomination forms will be available to collect from the MISU Reception Desk.

 

The election for President of MISU will take place on Thursday 19th April.

 

AS PER ARTICLE 4.1.3 OF THE MISU CONSITUTION ALL MEMBERS OF THE STUDENTS’ UNION ARE ENTITLED TO SEEK ELECTION AT ANY LEVEL, SUBJECT TO ARTICLES 8,9,10 AND 11 OF THE CONSITUTION.

 

Please note the following;

 

Candidates who are running in the election are reminded that they cannot start campaigning for the election until after they have met with Returning Officer on Tuesday 17th April @ 1pm. Any breach of this shall result in the candidate receiving a sanction* from the Returning Officer.

 

Candidates must be available to attend this meeting as failure to do so may result in disqualification from the election.

 

All canvassing must be confined to the college grounds. Any breach of this regulation shall result in the candidate receiving a sanction* from the Returning Officer.

 

Candidates or their agents who do take up the option to canvass through social media forums must provide details of all social media sites they are using for this purpose. This should be done by emailing the social media site links / usernames to the Returning Officer by 12pm on Tuesday 17th April. Any candidate who campaigns through a social media forum, which they have not informed the Returning Officer of, shall result in the candidate receiving a sanction* from the Returning Officer.

 

Approved social media pages may only be published publically after the meeting with the Returning Officer on Tuesday 17th April 2018. Any candidate who is in breach of this regulation shall be subject to sanction* by the Returning Officer.

 

All candidates are solely responsible for all of their campaigning materials, literature, and the conduct of their campaigners as well as any campaigning materials distributed in hard or soft copy by their campaigners.

 

The above is not the full list of the Regulations for Conduct of Elections. Candidates will receive a copy of the Regulations for Conduct of Elections with their nomination form. The Regulations for Conduct of Elections can also be requested by any MISU Student by calling to the Reception Desk (from Monday 16th April).

 

* If a candidate or a member of their team breaches any of the Regulations for Conduct of Elections (which include , or any of the regulations of the MISU Constitution, the Returning Officer can discipline the candidate by:

 

• Public Reprimand;
• Expulsion from Hustings;
• Expulsion from Campaigning either in person or through Social Media platforms or both;
• Suspension from campaigning for any or all of the MISU election process, either in person or through Social Media Platforms or both;
• Disqualification from the election during the election process, up to and following the announcement of results.

MISU Returning Officer Report re. MISU Presidential election

** MISU Returning Officer Investigation Report **

 

EDIT: The Returning Officer circulated his findings to both Mr. Hedigan and the 13 students who lodged complaints at 9am on Wednesday 4th April. All were advised that the Returning Officer’s ruling was subject to appeal as per article 11.8.2 of the MISU Constitution.

Appeals had to be lodged by 5pm on Friday 6th April 2018.

On Friday April 6th, Mr. Hedigan informed the Returning Officer that he was accepting the recommendations and he opted to step down as MISU President-Elect and re-run for the MISU Presidential Election under the provisos which the Retuning Officer had specified. Mr Hedigan did not challenge any aspect of the report or the sanctions which the Returning Officer had specified.

By 5pm on Friday 6th April, the Returning Officer’s recommendations were not appealed.

 

The Returning Officer's report can be read here.

 

EGM Notice re. recent MISU Presidential Election

The MISU President has called an Emergency General Meeting (EGM) of the student body which will  take place on Tuesday 10th April 2018 @ 6pm in T.1.18

The EGM has been called following the recent MISU Presidential Election.

MISU will inform the student body of the outcome of a formal investigation by the Returning Officer into complaints lodged against the President Elect.

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MIC Foundation and MISU Award for Excellence application

Award for Excellence applications are now available to download here. Completed applications must be returned by Wednesday 4th of April at 12pm. Further information on application criteria are listed below.

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5 February 2018: The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is advising all road users to take extra care when using the roads today and for much of Tuesday as Met Éireann has issued a yellow weather warning for snow.


A yellow weather warning is in place for snow which may result in accumulations of up to 3cm, leading to hazardous conditions on roads and footpaths for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Leitrim, East Cork, Tipperary and Waterford.
The RSA is asking road users to check local weather and traffic conditions and be aware of the conditions before setting out on a trip.
The RSA has the following advice for road users, when driving in icy and snowy conditions:
• Clear your windows and mirrors before you set out, carry a screen scraper and de-icer. Do not use hot water on the windscreen as it can crack the glass.
• Watch out for "black ice." If the road looks polished or glossy it could be, black ice” one of winter's worst hazards: Black Ice is difficult to see! It is nearly transparent ice that often looks like a harmless puddle or is overlooked entirely. It can occur especially in sheltered / shaded areas on roads, under trees and adjacent to high walls.
• Remove all snow from your vehicle before commencing your journey. Snow left on the roof will become loose and can drop onto the windscreen during braking, thereby causing sudden and severe restriction to your vision. It can also fall off during your drive and cause injury to pedestrians or a reflex action by another driver.
• In snow and icy conditions slow down, use all controls delicately and leave extra distance between you and the vehicle in front. Avoid over steering and harsh braking and harsh acceleration. Use the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin. Select a low gear when travelling downhill especially if through bends.
• Do not drive on the tail-lights of the vehicle in front (Target Fixing). This can give a false sense of security and you will be too close to be able to brake safely. In heavy fog, turn off your radio and let down your driver’s window a fraction, so as you can hear other traffic.
• Use dipped headlights at all times to ensure you are seen by other motorists.
• Watch out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists and allow extra space.

Pedestrians and cyclists are advised to:
• Be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt.
• Walk on a footpath, not in the street. Walk on the right hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths.
• DO NOT underestimate the danger of ice. Many slips and falls happen in places people regard as safe and secure, typically outside their front door, on the door step, on the path or while getting out of the car. It is possible that a thin sheet of transparent ice or “Black Ice” is covering your pathway putting you at risk. When you approach a footpath or roadway that appears to be covered with ice, always use extreme caution.

For advice on severe weather driving tips, please see severe weather advice on the RSA website or check out the RSA Facebook and Twitter pages.

See advice on driving in ice or snow in our series of severe weather warning videos created in collaboration with Teresa Mannion.

For more weather updates visit Met Eireann’s website www.met.ie