Aoife Cronin has been elected Communications and Marketing Officer of Trinity College Dublin Student Union (TCDSU), winning 91.8% of first preference votes on the first count.
In the only single-candidate race of this year’s TCDSU elections, there were 2006 valid votes cast, 1842 voted for Cronin, with the remaining 164 voting to re-open nominations.
In her manifesto, Cronin has promised to increase students’ engagement with the union, expand sponsorship, improve the union’s transparency and update some of the union’s visuals.
Cronin has outlined her plans to better publicise the union’s activities, achievements and services in ways that reach a diverse student body, particularly minority groups and disabled students. She intends to inform students of the welfare and education supports available to them during and after Covid-19.
As well as emphasising her experience and competence for the role, Cronin has looked at providing continuity between next year and the work of the current Communications and Marketing Officer Philly Holmes.
Cronin has talked about the importance of “student-first” sponsorship that reflects the union’s value and exploring sponsorship ventures with Ents and the University Times. Cronin also plans to compile TCDSU’s archive and publish its financial records, in an effort to improve the SU’s institutional knowledge, efficiency and accountability.
In a poll of 1,005 students conducted by Trinity News last week, Cronin secured a comfortable 91.5% of first preferences from decided voters.