PICTURE DRAMA: DONEGAL STUDENT LEADER ARRESTED BY GARDAI IN DAIL

USI PRESIDENT JOHN LOGUE BEING ARRESTED IN THE DAIL (pic USI)

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 November 14, 2012
USI PRESIDENT JOHN LOGUE BEING ARRESTED IN THE DAIL (PIC: USI)

BREAKING NEWS: THE HEAD of Ireland’s largest students’ union has been arrested by Gardai.

Donegal man John Logue, the head of the Union of Students in Ireland, was handcuffed and led away by Gardai in the Dail.

Gardai are questioning him about an alleged breach of Dail rules.

It’s understood he was taking part in a protest demanding student rights, particularly relating to the debacle in the student grant allocation which has left 50,000 students without a grant payment.

He was with 100 other students in the gallery observing a Private Members Bill from Fianna Fail.

All the students then stood up and turned their backs on proceedings in protest at amendments from Government parties.

Logue was told to sit down by security staff and when he didn’t, he was arrested.

A USI spokesman said: “John Logue was arrested for the simple act for turning his back on a Dáil which has turned its back on students.

“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 over 100 students, including sabbatical officers from TCDSU, DITSU and NCISU. It was a peaceful act of civil disobedience, 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.”

Donegal South West TD Pearse Doherty immediately demanded his release from custody.

The gallery in the Dail was packed with students at the time.

“Mr Logue should be released without charge immediately,” said Deputy Doherty.

His party colleague Jonathon O’Brien commented: “It’s ironic that if you wreck the economy you get a €500k per year salary, but if you stand up for students you are slapped in handcuffs.”

The 23-year-old Letterkenny man has had an increasingly high profile in recent weeks as the grants crisis grew.

Earlier today there were protests in Galway at the government’s handling of student issues.

John Logue is taken away in a Garda car (PIC USI)

 


23 thoughts on “PICTURE DRAMA: DONEGAL STUDENT LEADER ARRESTED BY GARDAI IN DAIL

  1. Jeez its gettin worse what teh gardai are doing to waste time and resources as opposed to catchin true criminals and risks out there! they wonder why they get abuse, comments and grief but they rarely show what they are doing to help the public, rather spend their time giving them hassle!

  2. the people who screwed this country get massive salaries and penscions and get away with it yet wen somone decides to stand up for us they get arrested, #students are screwed

  3. For heavens sake when will these morans cop on arresting someone for standing up for their rights,when those in power get huge pensions for killing irish society,shame on our government,and garda who should be out doing what they get paid for catching the real crimminals.

  4. The whole labour party should be arrested for turning their backs on the people they purpoted to represent and the north west finegaelers for the way they turned their backs on cancer patients

  5. It’s an absolute disgrace that a citizen, who pays the ‘mobs’ wages can be treated like this for standing up for himself and the student body. Cuts to education, cuts to health, natural resources given away and the rich get richer. Banks are the main priority!! Well done John

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