A PRO-LIFE society in the University of Limerick has become the first group to be rejected by its clubs and societies council.
Societies looking for official recognition and funding are obliged to approach the council and explain their aims and how they plan to achieve them.
The university has over 70 clubs and societies for students on campus, but it’s understood less than 25 people are members of the pro-life group which was set up in March of last year.
Members of the council objected to the pro-life group being recognised as an official society within the university. After the UL Life Society approached the council to be recognised as an official group, there was an objection from a council member. It narrowly missed out on being approved with 22 voting against approval and 21 voting for it.
The pro-life society said it was left with no explanation as to why so many council members were against the group.
The university’s students’ union president Emma Porter believed it was the first time a society was not granted permission to begin the 15 week probation period. She said a democratic vote by the Clubs & Socs Council had gone against the society.
The chairman of the society, Manuel Kuhs said he understood that the council may not want to inject money into the society because of the delicate subject it deals with. However he said the society will appeal its current decision.
The society’s Facebook page describes its aim “to promote the inherent sanctity of human life”.
“We aim to do so by informing students of the issues involved in the sanctity of human life, engaging in a relevant manner students on issues such as abortion on euthanasia.”
“Mobilising students to take action to protect the sanctity of human life in Ireland,” is the society’s main goal.
“The University of Limerick students’ union encourages any group who want to establish an official Club or Society to do so in line with the established charter of rules for the ULSU – Clubs & Societies,” said ULSU President, Emma Porter, in a statement.
“They were not successful in gaining the majority vote by the Clubs & Societies Council.