The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has said that holding the general election on a Thursday would deliberately exclude students from exercising their constitutional right to vote and is calling on the Taoiseach hold the election on a Friday.
This call comes amid reports that Fine Gael are actively considering holding the election on a Thursday to allow those travelling to a Six Nations match in London on Saturday the 27th of February to vote.
The USI have argued that holding the election on a Thursday would mean that those studying and working away from home would find it very difficult to vote.
“The idea that political leaders would seek to exclude thousands of enthusiastic students from voting, in order to accommodate fans travelling to London, who would be taking an active decision not to vote, is extremely disappointing to our membership," said USI President, Kevin Donoghue.
"We have registered tens of thousands of young people to vote in the last year and this kind of behaviour is exactly the reason young people are so disenfranchised with politics,” he added.
Last week the USI hosted a series of debates on the major issues in the run up to the general election. The debates were held in Cork, Galway and Dublin and are part of a wider campaign by the USI to engage young people in the political process.