The referendum to impeach UCD SU President Katie Ascough is finally over. Ascough was removed from her position after over 6,000 students turned out to vote the pro-life president out of office.
In total, 6,611 voted, with 4,540 in favour of impeachment and 2,032 against.
In the wake of the result people have been taking to twitter to vent their frustration and joy:
— University Observer (@UCDObserver) October 26, 2017
#katieAscough. A brave woman who is impeached for bravely carrying out the campus rules. Bullied out by the tolerant brigade ?
— fintan burns (@fintanburns) October 26, 2017
Meadhbh makes a great point about how Ascough managed to get elected in a college that voted to be pro-choice:
But I struggle to understand why #KatieAscough would want to represent a students union that is immensely pro choice
— Meadhbh Slattery (@MeadhbhSlattery) October 25, 2017
Don’t necessarily agree with the views of #KatieAscough but I’m pretty sure she was honest about being pro-life when she was elected.
— Kieran Cuddihy (@kierancuddihy) October 27, 2017
— Jason O'Mahony (@jasonomahony) October 27, 2017
All Passing Things comes in with a well thought out level-headed opinion.
Anyone who went to UCD knows it's full of D4 heads with terrible personalities anyways. #katieascough
— All Passing Things (@AllPassingThing) October 27, 2017
— Brid Smith (@bridsmith) October 26, 2017
— Ian woods (@iWoodsie) October 26, 2017
'Some Dad' and 'Miskull Boohy' did manage to wring some humour out of the whole affair:
— Some Dad (@_SomeDad) October 26, 2017
— Miskull Boohy ??? (@MicTuohy) October 26, 2017
The impeachment has really split people down the middle. The whole situation really felt like a referendum within a referendum.
It will be interesting to see what Ascough does next and indeed who will become elected in her absence.