Wednesday, 30 June 2021
UCD STUDENTS’ UNION CRITICISES GOVERNMENT FOR LEAVING YOUNG PEOPLE BEHIND
Ruairí Power, President, UCD Students’ Union said;
‘The Government’s plans for a discriminatory two-tiered re-opening of indoor dining is concerning. Students have been informed that they will not be permitted to enter indoor hospitality settings prior to receiving a vaccination. These same students in many cases have been working at the forefront, propping up our hospitality and retail sectors for the past 16 months in challenging and often hazardous circumstances. To be left behind once again by Government is incredibly disheartening.
For the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic, students have put their lives on hold. College campuses were moved entirely online, threadbare rental protections saw students fleeced by unscrupulous landlords and the Government now intends to proceed with an impractical scheme based on age discrimination despite unsuccessful trials elsewhere. Young people would be easily forgiven for thinking the coalition Government has no regard for the welfare of young people. The Government should scrap this initiative, and focus instead on a sustainable, fair and safe reopening of society that doesn’t rely on leaving young people behind.’