Student unions are going through an identity crisis. Where they once sought to protect female students, they now appear more concerned with harassing women than representing them.
A motion debated yesterday at the National University of Ireland, Galway provides a prime example of this bizarre shift. Although the ballot was ultimately postponed, class representatives were to vote on a motion entitled “Opposing Fascism, Far-Right Extremism, and All Forms of Discrimination.” It identified 16 organisations to be automatically no-platformed by the Student Union; listing feminist and gay rights groups Radicaillín, the Irish Women’s Lobby and the LGB Alliance alongside one or two political parties and several far-Right organisations.
In a blatant attempt to purge the SU of anyone who diverges from the author’s political opinions, its representatives would further be prohibited from sharing a public platform with anyone from these groups. Incredibly, the motion provides no details on how they were chosen and reserves the SU’s right to add more organisations to the blacklist with zero accountability or oversight.
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