With the Marriage Equality Referendum only a couple of days away, Trinity College plans to put extra provisions in place for students seeking support following the outcome of the vote.
According to the University Times, Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) will work alongside the Student Counselling Services and Trinity’s LGBT society, Q Soc, in order to put extra provisions in place for students following the week of the Marriage Referendum.
According to the report, there will be “extra availability and further emergency appointment slots” in Trinity’s Student Counselling Service for those impacted by the much talked about referendum.
Dr Deirdre Flynn, Head of the college’s Student Counselling Service told the University Times that: “The service provides daily drop in brief consultation appointments and emergency appointments for students in need. These will be available to any student following the referendum result. The Student Counselling Services appreciates the emotive nature of the campaigns and the diversity of perspectives and opinions on the outcome.”
TCDSU’s welfare officer, Ian Mooney, also plans to reportedly team up with Trinity’s Q Soc to “create a safe place in House 6” in the college in which students can “discuss the referendum”. The facility will be accessible to students in the days directly after the vote, according to the report.
Mooney will reportedly be available throughout the weekend of May 22nd for students who may wish to speak directly to their welfare officer after the outcome of the vote has been announced.
Speaking to the University Times, Mooney explained that marriage equality is “an emotional and personal topic for a lot of people” and reiterated that “the plans are in place for anyone who is affected by the results and the referendum as a whole, regardless of what the outcome is.”
The Marriage Equality Referendum will take place on May 22nd.
Trinity College students can contact the Student Counselling Service by calling 01 896 1407 or click here for more information.
TCDSU Welfare Officer, Ian Mooney, can be contacted by calling 086 159 5178.