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Students unite in plea to Stormont for brighter future

By Noel McAdam

Student leaders from Northern Ireland, the Republic and Great Britain have joined forces to urge Stormont politicians to work for a more stable future.

After a joint meeting in Dublin, the presidents of three student organisations also appealed to the British and Irish Governments "not to be found wanting" in rebuilding trust to restore the Assembly and Executive. "Students in Northern Ireland and across these islands are united in their call to make the Assembly election about the future," they said.

The trilateral meeting involved the President of NUS-USI Fergal McFerran, President of NUS Malia Bouattia and President of USI Annie Hoey, and arose from growing concerns over the political situation in the region.

The trio said they wanted to call on candidates in the Assembly election to focus on building a stable future that delivers hope and opportunity for students and young people.

"Forty five years ago, the student movements of Ireland and Britain united in Northern Ireland to provide representation and leadership for students irrespective of their religion, politics or allegiance," they added in a statement.

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