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National Student Executive

Giving Students a voice

Your National Student Executive 2014-2015

Working for you.

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The National Student Executive is maintains the work of the ISSU on a daily basis representing and working on behalf of Irish Second-Level Students. Liaising with relevant Education bodies, and other Youth Organisations both in Ireland and abroad.

President - Craig Mc Hugh

Craig is a 17 year old student from Dundalk, County Louth. Aside from his day to day studies he is an active member of youth groups such as ; YEPP, Comhairle Na Nog, and recently re-established his school’s student council as Chairperson. Craig was elected ISSU President on April 16th 2014, and is very eager on getting started in representing students and working with their opinions.
Email: craig@issu.ie

Deputy President (Campaigns and Communications Officer) - Robert C O' Donnell

Robert is a 17 year old fifth year student from Bansha, Tipperary. He has a great interest in politics, is actively involved in youth initiatives and politics at a local and national. Hes keen interests are ;Politics, Economics, Business and Law He is involved in Youth Work Ireland, The Tipperary Regional Youth Service, is a past member of Comhairle na nÓg as well as a youth wing of a political party. He aslo loves technology and webdesign. He became involved with the ISSU because he wanted to give students a voice. He ran for Deputy President because he wanted to launch more campaigns and to get better communication between Schools and the Union. He is always happy to hear from students with questions, queries and suggestions.
Email: robert@issu.ie

Education Officer - Joanna Siewierska

Joanna is a seventeen year old fifth year student from Poland, who lives in Dublin. She has a great interest in media, politics and education and is thrilled to be education officer for 2014/2015. In the past she has worked with a number of youth groups and charities and loves advocating for young people. She is passionate about public speaking, working with young people and representing their voice on the NSE. She loves boxing and music. She is always available to answer questions or gather suggestions about any topic, so feel free to drop her an email at joanna@issu.ie

Welfare Officer - Shay Mc Ardle

Email shay@issu.ie

My name is Shay Mc Ardle and I am 17 years old from Dundalk, Co. Louth. I have recently finished 6th year in O’Fiaich College. I am a member of my local Comhairle Na nÓg and I Represent Louth on the Comhairle Na nÓg nation executive. I was elected Welfare Officer for the ISSU on April 16th 2014.I was the chairperson of my school council for the duration of 2 years. I intend to pursue politics and history in UCD in college and have a keen interest in, current affairs, international affairs human rights, European Union, Business, Law Irish history (Mainly Michael Collin and his era) and youth activism. I am the owner of a blog “Irish Youth” and a phone repairing website called “IphoneRepairShop”. I volunteer regularly and have did volunteer work with, Youth Suicide prevention Ireland(YSPI) and I am registered to participate in their sky diving fundraiser. I fund-raised for Trocaire in which I did a 24 hour fast to raise money for them, St. Vincent De Paul and various other community groups. I was chosen to attend the European People’s Party Congress by Young Fine Gael .I was awarded the Civic and Community award by the Louth and Meath Education and Training Board (lmetd).I participated in the following programmes and was awarded following certificates: Drugs & Alcohol awareness .Cultural awareness, Suicide awareness, Youth Leadership, Peer Education, Cyber Bullying awareness. I was selected to represent my school on the Rotary leadership programme. I was selected by my local TD, Peter Fitzpatrick to speak at the Michael Collins commemoration night. I participated and won a debate on the topic of “Is Europe good for me” which was funded by European direct. I created a mental health room in my locality with the facilitation of Craobh Rua.I was one of the leading actors in a short movie produced by Cilipo pictures.

Equality Officer - Alex Fogarty

My name is Alex Fogarty, I am currently a 3rd year student in Ratoath College preparing for my Junior Cert. I know that I am in an exam year but I am going into 4th Year in September. I think to be TY is an advantage when rotting involved with organisations like ISSU. I will have time to commit myself to the ISSU and my role as Equality Officer. I was already involved with ISSU as I was previously a Regional Representative. So I know how ISSU works but I’ll be honest it’s my first year on the NSE so I’ll do my best. Thanks for reading my BIO ;)
Email: alex@issu.ie

Oifigeach na Gaeilge (Irish Language Officer) - Dáire Murray

My name is Dáire Murray and I am 17 years old from Moneygall, Co. Tipperary. I am in fifth year in Coláiste Phobal Roscrea. This is my first year involved with ISSU and I am also on Tipperary Comhairle na nÓg. I am very active in sports, rugby, hurling, swimming, football and a bit of soccer. I also play banjo, mandolin and tin whistle. And of course, I have a keen interest in Irish. I was raised in Irish by my mother and I am fluent in our beautiful language.
Email: daire@issu.ie

International Officer - Declan Burgess

Declan is a keen community activist from Cashel, Co. Tipperary. Declan first began his ISSU journey as our Deputy President for 2013/14 and had a successful and enjoyable term. He was elected International officer of ISSU for 2014/15 term. Declan has passion for ISSU, commitment to OBESSU and dedication to student voice in Ireland & Europe.
Declan’s main interests are in History, Politics, International Relations, Current Affair, Human Rights, Economics and Youth Activism as a whole. Declan is a Scouts Leader and also a previous Comhairle na nÓg Chair and member in Tipperary. Declan now serves on the Board of management of Tipperary Regional Youth Service. He has been involved in the President’s Award- An Gaisce, having competed the Bronze and Silver award – Currently working on Gold. He was the winner of the EIL Intercultural Learning Travel Award to Vermont, USA 2013. Being an Irish Delegate at the Governor’s Institute of Vermont on Current Issues and Youth Activism 2013. With Declan being heavy involved in many organisations, like Young Social Innovators and the Presidents Being Young & Irish initiative, he truly believes young people have a real role to play in Ireland’s development and progress.
Email declan@issu.ie

Public Relations Officer - Bertie Nesirky

Bertie is the newly elected Public Relations officer for the ISSU 2014/15. He has an interest in promoting youth organisations and ensuring the voice of youth is listened to and given the respect it deserves. His experience in the public relations field include the P.R.O post for his local Comhairle na nÓg and student council. Previously the Munster regional Representative for ISSU 2013/14, Tipperary Delegate for Dáil na nÓg 2014/15, and facilitating member of the Young Persons Constitutional Convention 2013. Bertie is confident that he can use these links to ensure that second level students across Ireland are aware of ISSU and avail of its services. Email: bertie@issu.ie

Student Council Support Officer

Email studentcouncilsupport@issu.ie

NSE Secretary - Rob O' Donnell

Rob O’Donnell is an 18 year old fifth year student of the Abbey School in Tipperary Town. He was first elected as International Officer in spring 2013 and has liaised with his OBESSU counterparts in Europe as part of his work, attending the 2013 General Assembly in Estonia, the 2014 “Standing Together” Study Session in Budapest and “Education in Crisis” in June 2014 in Rome. Rob has also worked with the Bulgarian Students’ Union, having been part of an OBESSU study visit there in 2013. His interests include youth politics and participation, learning languages and rugby.
Email rob@issu.ie
You can contact individual officers using their firstname@issu.ie