Belfast Telegraph

Students at Trinity vote to remain neutral on united Ireland

By Staff Reporter

Trinity College Dublin has voted to remain neutral on a united Ireland.

A series of polls have been carried out across Irish campuses this year, with University College Cork, NUI Galway and University College Dublin all voting for their Student Unions to support Irish unity.

But 55% of voters in Trinity have instead opted for their union to remain neutral on a united Ireland, The University Times reported.

Out of a turnout of 2,157 students, 1,184 voted in favour of TCDSU remaining neutral on the issue, while 927 voted for the SU to support a united Ireland. Some 44 students voted to not support a united Ireland.

The result of the 'preferendum' - which gave three options of neutrality, reunification or to oppose unification - is not binding.

Olly Donnelly, a member of the Neutrality campaign told "We're over the moon. It was an incredibly hard-fought campaign for both sides. Ultimately we think everyone should be proud of the discussion that happened. We hope that this result means that Trinity can continue to have this discussion in a positive manner in the future."

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