Campaigns and Communications Race : Aisling Sheerin
Campaigns and Communications Vice-President candidate Aisling Sheerin chats to Conor Fox
Current Arts and Human Sciences PRO, capsule Aisling Sheerin, cheap believes that she is the best person for the position of Campaigns and Communications Vice-President, prescription telling the College Tribune that she would “bring an awful lot of experience to the role…I think that there’s certain things which the current C&C Officer could be doing to inform the student body more and I could bring that to the table”.
Sheerin believes that the main problem with the Students’ Union is the lack of information and understanding the student body has about it. “They’re actually quite good at doing things, but they’re really bad at informing people”. According to Sheerin, current Campaigns and Communications Officer, Brendan Lacey, hasn’t “used the job to its full potential; there’s so much more that [he] could be doing to inform people.”
To tackle this, the 2nd year Arts student proposes utilising the Union’s Facebook page more effectively, in particular, releasing vlogs. She feels it is the job of the C&C Officer to make and promote these videos, not the other Sabbatical Officers. When the question of the SU website comes up, Sheerin first states that she doesn’t think that she would build a new website as the current one cost €11,000 to make. “I don’t think people would be happy hearing about me spending loads of money on a new website.” However, she then changes track, suggesting that “[she] would build new one” as she believes the old one to be “rubbish”.
A former class rep herself, Aisling is in favour scrapping the current trend of holding class rep training off-campus on the grounds that “it’s such a massive waste of money”. She promises that if elected, she will organise training similar to the peer mentor training scheme, in a one day workshop that would take place in UCD.
With regard to the proposed Students’ Union Constitution, Sheerin does not agree with the proposal that conveners could be paid up to €100 per week. She believes that “it’s more about wanting to be involved and giving back”. The current Arts PRO, Sheerin states that she has “done so much this year, and haven’t received pay. I don’t think I’d like to see a future person taking my role plus a few extra jobs [and] getting a hundred euro for it.”
She isn’t in favour of the removal of the Ents Officer role either, as she believes that Ents is the one Sabbatical position that all students can relate to. “There are people who don’t need education advice…don’t need welfare advice…everybody pretty much talks about the UCD Ball or going to the bar”.
Sheerin feels that this may result in a more disjointed relationship between the Union and the student body and, as such, she will be voting ‘No’ to the Constitution.
For the last two years, the Campaigns and Communications Officer has been heavily involved in organising protests with regard to an increase in the Student Contribution Fee. Sheerin states that she doesn’t think “it’s realistic that we’re going to get free fees … we don’t have free fees”.
While she believes that the Union needs to take a more pragmatic approach, Sheerin says she “would never promote elitism…an awful lot of my friends are on the grant; for me to say I don’t want free fees to happen would be insulting to them…but I think we need to be realistic and see that in the current economic climate free fees isn’t going to happen”.
Sheerin is in favour of holding a referendum on UCD’s relationship with USI next year. “I think it’s very important that the student body is informed on the perks of being involved with USI and the disadvantages.” However, when asked if she believed USI is worth €100,000, she refused to give her personal stance on the grounds that it “could be unprofessional”.
If 20 year old Aisling is elected as Campaigns and Communications Vice-President, she states that once her year is finished she thinks she’d “need to return back to [her] degree”. Sheerin told the College Tribune that “I don’t see myself being any other Sabbat other than the Campaigns and Communications Officer.” She believes that she is the person with the most experience and drive for the position: “I’m good at promoting things; I know how to promote things effectively”.
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