Kildare & Wicklow students begin their term as ISSU Regional Officers

Aoibhe Toft from Kildare and Jason Tamayo from Wicklow have been elected as the ISSU Regional Officers for the Kildare-Wicklow region.

Jason Tamayo has also been re-elected for the position and has been involved in the Regional Officer Body since 2023. The Irish Second-Level Students’ Union, known as ISSU is the national representative body for second-level students.

The officers were elected to the Regional Officer Body (ROB) by member schools from Kildare-Wicklow schools last November at Regional Councils in Liberty Hall, Dublin. They began their term on January 1st, 2024 and will work alongside each other for the year ahead. They will work alongside the Coiste Gnó (CG), Monitoring & Advisory Committee (MAC), and Regional Officer colleagues in which they will attend events, consultations, lobbying governments, and more!

Jason and Aoibhe have spent the last month training for the start of their new position. Jason and Aoibhe have been working together since January 1st, along with 35 other ISSU Regional Officers. This is Aoibhe’s first term while this is Jason’s second term as Regional Officers, and they are both eager to get started on issues affecting students within County Kildare and Wicklow. 

“The reason why I ran again for a second term was because I saw the issues that are being faced by students and I wanted to make a bigger difference than last term. I only completed a small portion of my regional project which was mental health and the stress of exam years and I wanted to do more than that. As part of the Asian community, I strongly believe that racism and discrimination is a major issue not only in my community but is a national issue and I hope to work alongside the Equality Officer to ensure that the discrimination is not a thing.” Jason Tamayo, TY student, commented.

Aoibhe Toft.

“I ran for Regional Officer this year because I want to ensure that students in all areas are represented. I come from a rural village where I hadn’t heard of ISSU until our school became a member, and so I want every student in Kildare and Wicklow to experience the benefits. Over my time in school I have realised that as young people we face a huge problem with xenophobia, racism, and homophobia. During our term I hope to work with Officers for Welfare and Equality to create healthier, safer environments for our students.” – Aoibhe Toft, 5th year student. 

The two strongly invite any local students, politicians, organisations, or councillors to contact them to help forward the cause of student representation in Kildare and Wicklow. Students can contact the representatives by emailing kildarewicklow@issu.ie or visiting the ISSU website at www.issu.ie.

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