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Lobby your local TD to support students.

At 11.11am On October 13th 2022, tens of thousands of students walked out of their lectures.

Now, we need to remind TDs why we walked out of lectures, and for them to support the USI Cost of College Campaign.

Who is my local TD?

If you go here, this will take you to a website to find out who your local TD is?

Already know who it is, but don’t know how to contact them? We created a list in the resources below that includes their email and their local and Oireachtas phone numbers!

 

How do I lobby them?

You have multiple ways to lobby them!

  • Email them
  • Phone their constituency or Oireachtas office
  • Send them a letter or a USI Cost of College Postcard

All the ways to contact them can be found in the resources below!

 

Resources

Accommodation Demands:

Protect Renters

  • Legislation to protect students in digs-style accommodation
  • Continuing the eviction ban for students
  • Legislative change to allow the RTB to intervene in disputes relating to security deposits

Reduce Rents

  • Legislation to enact an immediate rental cap
  • Establishing freezes on utility bills separate from rents
  • Allowing the RTB to intervene in relation to security deposits

Subsidisation of affordable PBSA from public funds

  • Building on public lands new and refurbished PBSA
  • Specifically ensuring approved PBSA is affordable in conditions
  • Re-establishing the interdepartmental group on student accommodation

Cost of College Demands

Abolishment of the Student Contribution Charge

  • Abolition of the fee within the Lifetime of this Government
  • Transparency on how non-EU and postgraduate fees are set
  • Removing hidden course costs in materials and subsidies

Funding for the HE Sector (inclusive of SUSI reform and funding)

  • Funding to increase SUSI grant levels to match the cost of living
  • Increasing SUSI rates for all brackets to a living subsidy
  • Increased funding to the sector to reduce the staff student ratio to the European average of 15:1

Minimum wage to match living wage

  • The normalisation of wages for workers under 20 years old
  • A PhD stipend of €28,000 following the PhD review
  • A living wage based on the cost of living, not the median income

In these, we ask that you could include the demands of the walkout, but also crucially ask them to support the USI Cost of College campaign. The options available are email, calling and writing, but if you have any other questions or feedback, please email campaigns@usi.ie.

Emailing your TD

A template to email your TD can be found below. It is suggested that you make changes to this template for personalisation, as it is likely that template emails can easily go into their spam folder.

Calling your TD

A phone script is available on how to contact your TD. This is the most effective way to get in touch with someone from their office, but might be the most frustrating too depending on their response!

Writing to your TD

Using similar text to the email, writing to your TD can be done with just a bit more time. Your SU may also have Cost of College postcards, which if not can be requested as such and ordered from USI.

While this may be a slower action, this ensures a more likely response. Ensure to place a return address for responses, such as your home address or your SU’s address.

 

For students living in Northern Ireland – NUS-USI are running their #CostOfSurvival campaign, which will highlight to MPs their calls for students. This includes a cost of living payment for students, a rent freeze, and free public transport for students. More information on their campaign can be found here.

The objective of this campaign is to encourage your support of the Cost of College campaign. Following the walkout’s success, we encourage you to support our aims of tackling the student accommodation crisis, the cost of living for students and truly publicly funded Higher Education.

The full demands can be found under the tab “Our Demands”. If you wish to support the campaign, or want clarity on our asks, please email campaigns@usi.ie.

TDs will be given two weeks to respond to this. If a response has not been given by then, or you choose not to support the campaign, this will be noted as per the list below to show students who supports the Cost of College campaign, and who does not.

 

Sign the pledge to vote against those stopping change!

Want to show your support for the Cost of College campaign, and receive updates about future USI actions? Make sure to sign the petition, and ensure to click to approve email updates!

List of TDs to contact

 

For full contact details, please use this list which includes emails and phone numbers!

NameConstituencyParty
Aindrias MoynihanCork North-WestFianna Fáil
Anne RabbitteGalway EastFianna Fáil
Barry CowenOffalyFianna Fáil
Brendan SmithCavan-MonaghanFianna Fáil
Cathal CroweClareFianna Fáil
Charlie McConalogueDonegalFianna Fáil
Christopher O'SullivanCork South-WestFianna Fáil
Cormac DevlinDun LaoghaireFianna Fáil
Dara CallearyMayoFianna Fáil
Darragh O'BrienDublin FingalFianna Fáil
Éamon Ó CuívGalway WestFianna Fáil
Jack ChambersDublin WestFianna Fáil
Jackie CahillTipperaryFianna Fáil
James BrowneWexfordFianna Fáil
James LawlessKildare NorthFianna Fáil
James O'ConnorCork EastFianna Fáil
Jennifer Murnane O'ConnorCarlow-KilkennyFianna Fáil
Jim O'CallaghanDublin Bay SouthFianna Fáil
Joe FlahertyLongford-WestmeathFianna Fáil
John LahartDublin South-WestFianna Fáil
John McGuinnessCarlow-KilkennyFianna Fáil
Marc MacSharrySligo-LeitrimFianna Fáil
Mary ButlerWaterfordFianna Fáil
Michael McGrathCork South-CentralFianna Fáil
Michael MoynihanCork North-WestFianna Fáil
Micheál MartinCork South-CentralFianna Fáil
Niall CollinsLimerick CountyFianna Fáil
Niamh SmythCavan-MonaghanFianna Fáil
Norma Foley KerryFianna Fáil
Pádraig O'SullivanCork North-CentralFianna Fáil
Paul McAuliffeDublin North-WestFianna Fáil
Robert TroyLongford-WestmeathFianna Fáil
Sean FlemingLaoisFianna Fáil
Seán HaugheyDublin Bay NorthFianna Fáil
Seán Ó FearghaílKildare SouthFianna Fáil
Stephen DonnellyWicklowFianna Fáil
Thomas ByrneMeath EastFianna Fáil
Willie O'DeaLimerick CityFianna Fáil
Alan DillonMayoFine Gael
Alan FarrellDublin FingalFine Gael
Bernard DurkanKildare NorthFine Gael
Brendan GriffinKerryFine Gael
Charles FlanaganLaoisFine Gael
Ciarán CannonGalway EastFine Gael
Colm BrophyDublin South-WestFine Gael
Colm BurkeCork North-CentralFine Gael
Damien EnglishMeath WestFine Gael
David StantonCork EastFine Gael
Emer HigginsDublin Mid-WestFine Gael
Fergus O'DowdLouthFine Gael
Frankie FeighanSligo-LeitrimFine Gael
Heather HumphreysCavan-MonaghanFine Gael
Helen McEnteeMeath EastFine Gael
Hildegarde NaughtonGalway WestFine Gael
Jennifer Carroll MacNeillDun LaoghaireFine Gael
Joe CareyClareFine Gael
Joe McHughDonegalFine Gael
John Paul PhelanCarlow-KilkennyFine Gael
Josepha MadiganDublin RathdownFine Gael
Kieran O'DonnellLimerick CityFine Gael
Leo VaradkarDublin WestFine Gael
Martin HeydonKildare SouthFine Gael
Michael CreedCork North-WestFine Gael
Michael RingMayoFine Gael
Neale RichmondDublin RathdownFine Gael
Paschal DonohoeDublin CentralFine Gael
Patrick O'DonovanLimerick CountyFine Gael
Paul KehoeWexfordFine Gael
Peter BurkeLongford-WestmeathFine Gael
Richard BrutonDublin Bay NorthFine Gael
Simon CoveneyCork South-CentralFine Gael
Simon HarrisWicklowFine Gael
Brian LeddinLimerick CityGreen Party
Catherine MartinDublin RathdownGreen Party
Eamon RyanDublin Bay SouthGreen Party
Francis Noel DuffyDublin South-WestGreen Party
Joe O'BrienDublin FingalGreen Party
Malcolm NoonanCarlow-KilkennyGreen Party
Marc Ó CathasaighWaterfordGreen Party
Neasa HouriganDublin CentralGreen Party
Ossian SmythDun LaoghaireGreen Party
Patrick CostelloDublin South-CentralGreen Party
Roderic O'GormanDublin WestGreen Party
Steven MatthewsWicklowGreen Party
Carol NolanOffalyIndependent
Cathal BerryKildare SouthIndependent
Catherine ConnollyGalway WestIndependent
Danny Healy-RaeKerryIndependent
Denis NaughtenRoscommon-GalwayIndependent
Marian HarkinSligo-LeitrimIndependent
Matt ShanahanWaterfordIndependent
Mattie McGrathTipperaryIndependent
Michael CollinsCork South-WestIndependent
Michael FitzmauriceRoscommon-GalwayIndependent
Michael Healy-RaeKerryIndependent
Michael LowryTipperaryIndependent
Michael McNamaraClareIndependent
Noel GrealishGalway WestIndependent
Peter FitzpatrickLouthIndependent
Richard O'DonoghueLimerick CountyIndependent
Seán CanneyGalway EastIndependent
Thomas PringleDonegalIndependent
Verona MurphyWexfordIndependent
Joan CollinsDublin South-CentralIndependents 4 Change
Alan KellyTipperaryLabour
Aodhán Ó RíordáinDublin Bay NorthLabour
Brendan HowlinWexfordLabour
Duncan SmithDublin FingalLabour
Ged NashLouthLabour
Ivana BacikDublin Bay SouthLabour
Sean SherlockCork EastLabour
Aengus Ó SnodaighDublin South-CentralSinn Féin
Brian StanleyLaoisSinn Féin
Chris AndrewsDublin Bay SouthSinn Féin
Claire KerraneRoscommon-GalwaySinn Féin
Darren O'RourkeMeath EastSinn Féin
David CullinaneWaterfordSinn Féin
Denise MitchellDublin Bay NorthSinn Féin
Dessie EllisDublin North-WestSinn Féin
Donnchadh Ó LaoghaireCork South-CentralSinn Féin
Eoin Ó BroinDublin Mid-WestSinn Féin
Imelda MunsterLouthSinn Féin
John BradyWicklowSinn Féin
Johnny GuirkeMeath WestSinn Féin
Johnny MythenWexfordSinn Féin
Kathleen FunchionCarlow-KilkennySinn Féin
Louise O'ReillyDublin FingalSinn Féin
Mairéad FarrellGalway WestSinn Féin
Mark WardDublin Mid-WestSinn Féin
Martin BrowneTipperarySinn Féin
Martin KennySligo-LeitrimSinn Féin
Mary Lou McDonaldDublin CentralSinn Féin
Matt CarthyCavan-MonaghanSinn Féin
Maurice QuinlivanLimerick CitySinn Féin
Pa DalyKerrySinn Féin
Pádraig Mac LochlainnDonegalSinn Féin
Pat Buckley Cork EastSinn Féin
Patricia RyanKildare SouthSinn Féin
Paul DonnellyDublin WestSinn Féin
Pauline TullyCavan-MonaghanSinn Féin
Pearse DohertyDonegalSinn Féin
Réada CroninKildare NorthSinn Féin
Rose Conway-WalshMayoSinn Féin
Ruairí Ó MurchúLouthSinn Féin
Seán CroweDublin South-WestSinn Féin
Sorca ClarkeLongford-WestmeathSinn Féin
Thomas GouldWicklowSinn Féin
Violet-Anne WynneClareIndependent
Catherine MurphyKildare NorthSocial Democrats
Cian O'CallaghanDublin Bay NorthSocial Democrats
Gary GannonDublin CentralSocial Democrats
Holly CairnsCork South-WestSocial Democrats
Jennifer WhitmoreWicklowSocial Democrats
Róisín ShortallDublin North-WestSocial Democrats
Brid SmithDublin South-CentralSolidarity - People Before Profit
Gino KennyDublin Mid-WestSolidarity - People Before Profit
Mick BarryCork North-CentralSolidarity - People Before Profit
Paul MurphyDublin South-WestSolidarity - People Before Profit
Richard Boyd BarrettDun LaoghaireSolidarity - People Before Profit
Peadar TóibínMeath WestAontú