UK student unions offering Irish students vouchers to fly home to vote for abortion
UNITED KINGDOM, May 14, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Irish students in the U.K. who want to go home to vote to repeal the pro-life Eighth Amendment are being provided with travel vouchers to do so.
“The Union of Students in Ireland is working with its UK counterpart to ‘campaign’ for Irish students studying in institutions in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to travel home to vote on 25 May,” reported RTE. Irish students in those countries can be given a “bursary” ranging from £55 to £110 to travel home.
“Any Irish citizens studying in the UK can get in touch with their Students’ Union and avail of a travel bursary fund that Students’ Unions can apply to,” said Michael Kerrigan, President of USI.
“Students can get between £55 and £110 to pay for the flights home to vote ‘Yes’ on May 25th,” he said.
Students’ Unions all over Ireland have directly registered 26,979 new student voters in the lead up to the abortion referendum, the USI says.
The National Union of Students Northern Ireland (NUS-USI) is also pro-abortion, stating on its website that it supports “the decriminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland” and stands in “solidarity with the campaign to repeal the 8th Amendment in the Republic of Ireland.”
“A spokesperson for the USI said that, while the sentiments surrounding the Home to Vote campaign are coming from the ‘Yes’ side, as far as he is aware, students will not be screened on how they will be voting in order to avail of the fund,” RTE reported.
Any Irish students who are denied a bursary to travel home because they plan to vote 'no' on the abortion referendum are encouraged to contact LifeSiteNews here to share their stories.