The current VP for Academic Affairs and Quality Assurance, defeated Glenn Fitzpatrick by 120 votes to 91, and will succeed Laura Harmon.
Kevin Donoghue has been elected as the next President of the Union of Students in Ireland, beating competitor, Glenn Fitzpatrick by a margin of 29 votes.
 
Donoghue, the current Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Quality Assurance, received 120 votes to Fitzpatrick’s 91, and will succeed current President, Laura Harmon, for the 2015/16 academic year. 
 
The election results were announced shortly before 10 am this morning, and it’s not known whether the void vote at the NUIG hustings, would have had a determining effect on the outcome. 
VP for Equality and Citizenship, Annie Hoey held onto her position for the 2015/16 year. 
 
Hoey, who has been a driving force behind the USI’s #makegráthelaw campaign, saw the USI register over 20,000 students to vote in the May referendum on marriage equality, but believes there are a lot more issues to be tackled. 
 
“There are so many areas of inequality and discrimination still in society and on our campuses. I am proud to stand as a voice for social change within the student movement,” said Hoey.
 
News Editor of the University Times, Jack Leahy was elected VP for Academic Affairs and Quality Assurance, defeating Martin Lynch of UCC, by a margin of 77 votes (144-67). He will succeed new USI President, Donoghue. 
 
Aedraen Ó’Dubhghaill will take over the position of Leas-Uachtaráin don Gaeilge. The Maynooth University student becomes the first VP for the Irish language that hails from a Gaeltacht area. 
 
DIT PR Student, Daniel Waugh is the new VP for Campaigns, while VP for the Irish language, Feidhlim Seoige, is set to become the VP for the Border, Midlands and West Region, with Aoife NÍ Shúilleabháin elected as VP for Welfare.