RELEASED WITHOUT CHARGE: DONEGAL STUDENT LEADER WAS ARRESTED FOR TURNING HIS BACK ON TDs

first_imgUSI PRESIDENT JOHN LOGUE BEING ARRESTED IN THE DAIL (pic USI)THE leader of Ireland’s students has been released without charge after his arrest last night in Dail Eireann.Donegal man John Logue had breached Oireachtas rules by standing up in the public gallery in protest at Government parties and their response to a Private Members Bill put forward by Fianna Fail.He had been told by security staff to sit down and when he failed to do so he was handcuffed by Gardai and led away for questioning. He was taken to Pearse Street Garda station in Dublin but was later released without charge.The 23-year-old Donegal man is President of the Union of Students in Ireland which has 240,000 members.“John Logue was arrested for the simple act for turning his back on a Dáil which has turned its back on students,” said a USI spokesman.“John was later released by Gardai. “By voting down an amendment that would have preserved the current level of the grant and stopped fee hikes, this government has once again failed students and families.“Logue was supported by more than 100 students, including sabbatical officers from TCDSU, DITSU and NCISU.“It was a peaceful act of civil disobediance, intended to highlight the issues facing students, especially as students face into €3000 fees, cuts to the grant and a grant system that has only paid out to a minority of students who qualify for it.“When the motion was introduced by Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett, student observers rose to their feet in demonstration, in accordance with the campaign slogan ‘Stand Up’.“No government has had its party line defeated by a Private Members Bill – the exclusive preserve of TDs not acting on behalf of the executive government – since Charles Haughey’s Fianna Fáil in 1986.” The spokesman said that yesterday evening USI had met with students and sabbatical officers from Trinity College Dublin, National College of Ireland and Dublin Institute of Technology.The town hall-style meeting saw the presidents of all three students’ unions and Logue address the 100-strong crowd that included local Fine Gael councillors and Labour Party TD for Dublin North Central Aodhán Ó Riordáin.The meeting was the tenth of seventeen such meetings being held by USI across the country to encourage students to get involved in the ‘Fed Up? Stand Up!’ pre-budget campaign, he said.The USI said Logue was attending Dáil proceedings to observe a Private Members’ Bill proposed by Fianna Fáil calling on the government to ‘refrain from further cuts to the education budget and further increases in the registration fee’. The motion was passed but in a much-amended form that removed the call for Fine Gael and Labour to maintain the student contribution as its current level.Said the USI: “Most of the estimated crowd of 100 students then stood in unison and turned their backs on the chamber before security staff ordered all those who wished to continue observing proceedings to sit down. Logue was the last to remain standing and was arrested by Gardaí at the scene for disobeying standing orders of the Dáil having refused to leave upon request.“He was removed in handcuffs to the cheers of the students with whom he was attending proceedings. He was taken to Pearse Street Garda Station for questioning at 9:30pm and was released at 10:45pm.”RELEASED WITHOUT CHARGE: DONEGAL STUDENT LEADER WAS ARRESTED FOR TURNING HIS BACK ON TDs was last modified: November 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:John LogueRELEASED WITHOUT CHARGE: DONEGAL STUDENT LEADER WAS ARRESTED FOR TURNING HIS BACK ON TDslast_img read more