Craig McHugh’s election poster
Two Dundalk students, Craig McHugh and Shay McArdle, are running for positions on the national executive of the Irish Secondary Schools Union (ISSU).
Craig McHugh is running for the position of president, while Shay McArdle is contesting the position of welfare officer.
The Union, which has been in existence since the 1970s, represents and works on behalf of the views and opinions of secondary students of Ireland with direct links to government and authorities with the power to make change.
17-year-old Craig is a fifth year student from Dundalk Grammar School. Best known for his appearances in theatre on his YouTube channel and work with youth groups, Craig is contesting for the position of president as he feels he could represent the ever growing union in a strong, efficient and effective manner.
Craig is currently the chair of Dundalk Grammar School’s Student Council, and has recently organised and presented the council’s highly successful Talent Show which raised over €760 for Cara Cancer Support Centre. Craig also sits as Vice Chair of Louth Comhairle na nÓg and is an active member of Louth Young Fine Gael, Dundalk Musical Society and MAD Youth Theatre.
Craig’s main goals as president would be to work for a more practical and efficent education system in Ireland, that caters for students that don’t wish “to be slaves to the point system” and showcase the importance of Career Guidance teachers in Ireland.
Shay McArdle, 16 of O Fiaich College is a sixth year student and is running for the position of ISSU Welfare Officer. Shay is an active member of Craobh Rua, is the policy maker of Louth Young Fine Gael and is the Louth representative of the National Comhairle na nÓg and is currently raising money for charity by skydiving and doing a sponsored starvation day.
Shay is campaigning for Mental Health Awareness among second level students and equality for race, sexual orientation and ethnic backgrounds. Shay wishes to become the Welfare Officer of ISSU because he feels no matter where he goes he strives to make a difference for the good no matter how great or small.
Both candidates will seek election on Wednesday at the ISSU 2014 AGM in Dublin’s Liberty Hall, with voters representing schools across Ireland attending to voice their opinions and decide their future leaders.
You can support the tw0 campaigns via Facebook. Craig’s page can be found here, while Shay’s can be found here.
Shay McArdle’s election poster