Leadership Race 2016: Student’s Union and Electoral Oversight Commission announce hustings arrangements

For the first time Trinity News will host a hustings, in conjunction with Trinity QSoc


Trinity College Student’s Union today announced the hustings for this year’s Leadership Race. For the first time, Trinity News with host a hustings, in association with Trinity QSoc on Thursday February 11.

The traditional Dining Hall hustings is the first of the year, taking place on Monday February 8. That evening The University Times and an Cummann Gaelach will share a hustings.

On Monday February 15, candidates will head to the Trinity Hall hustings, with voting in the race commencing the following day.

In previous years an Cummann Gaelach and QSoc have held their own hustings events. This year is the first where College media and student societies will be teaming up to host the events.

It is hoped that students will be able to submit questions for consideration before the hustings take place.

Hustings have in previous years been criticised for being the main cause of stress identified in surveys of candidates carried out after the election period ends. It was hoped that by opening up the hustings process and inviting societies and student groups to work together that the events could be streamlined.

According to Colm O’Halloran of the EC, they “spent a long time going through each of the applications and discussing how we can best arrange hustings” and decided the above “was the best scenario”.

Matthew Mulligan

Matthew is Editor for the 62nd volume of Trinity News. He is a Sociology and Social Policy graduate and was previously Deputy Editor of tn2 Magazine.