7th September 2018
UCD STUDENTS’ UNION CALLS ON THE IRISH GOVERNMENT TO FOLLOW SCOTLAND’S LEAD ON ENDING ‘PERIOD POVERTY’ FOR STUDENTS NATIONWIDE
UCD Students’ Union does not believe that any student who needs sanitary products for periods should be forced to use ‘toilet paper, socks or newspaper’ instead of proper sanitary products. It was highlighted in thejournal.ie that 45% of girls in Scotland were forced to do this as they could not afford sanitary products.
According to the Guardian, the Scottish government will be providing free sanitary products to students in schools, colleges and universities throughout Scotland.
Barry Murphy, UCD Students’ Union President said;
‘UCD Students’ Union urges the Irish Government to follow Scotland’s lead and to bring a similar programme to Ireland in order to provide free sanitary products for all students here in Ireland.
Irish students are extremely vulnerable, with their monthly budgets being stretched to the absolute limit, in the current housing crisis. Students nationwide need free access to these essential sanitary products in order to end ‘period poverty’ in Ireland.’
Currently UCD Students’ Union provides free sanitary products to students who need them. If you are a UCD Student who is finding it difficult to make ends meet then please drop down to our Welfare Officer; Melissa Plunkett, in the Students’ Union who will provide you with free sanitary products at your request.