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The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is the sole national representative body for students in Ireland. Founded in 1959, USI now represents more than 250,000 students in over forty colleges across Ireland. The Union works for: - An education & training system open to all, irrespective of any consideration of national origin, race, sex, sexuality, creed, political beliefs or economic circumstances, so that each individual can realise their full potential in the service of the Irish people. - An education & training system that through the development of art and literature, natural and social sciences truly serves the interests of the people of Ireland. - The right of students to a decent standard of living, with the right to adequate financial support, proper housing and future prospects of employment in Ireland. - The defence and promotion of all democratic and human rights - The provision of student services for the benefit of the membership on the principle that control of student services should lie with the membership.