The chair of Ógra Shinn Féin in Derry and Queens Student Mickey McCrossan has hailed the Students’ Union Irish Unity referendum as a victory for the democratic process.
“The QUB Student Union Irish Unity Referendum vote was a success for self-determination and for the democratic process.
“Students were engaged, voter turnout was high, and every student on campus today could participate in an enthusiastic, positive, fun and respectful debate on the future of Ireland.
“Over 2,400 students voiced their opinion in a period of ten hours. The turnout recorded was the highest on record at QUBSU.
“This was an overwhelming victory for the concepts of free debate and discussion about essential issues. We want to thank everyone who voted and took part in the campaign.
“Ultimately it demonstrates the burgeoning appetite among young people to discuss and vote on the future of their country.
“This is the first vote of its kind in recent memory in Ireland, and we believe it has reenergised the discussion on the prospect of a reunified, inclusive, all-island Republic.
“This is but one step on a journey to engage wider society on the very viable alternative to the union with Britain, and a leap forward on the path to a progressive, equal and united Ireland.
“We respect the democratic decision of the student body but we will revisit this issue with renewed vigour at the earliest opportunity.”
1264 (49.6%) of students who voted QUB Irish Unity Poll said YES.