After a great AGM on the 24th of March, the council for the 167th session has been elected! Thanks for everyone that voted, we are set for a great year ahead 🙂
President: Marie-Louise Synnott
Secretary: Robbie Whitehurst
Treasurer: Craig Miller
External Convenor: Ben Murphy
Internal Convenor: Eoghan Mulholland
Outreach Officer: Lili Vetter
Open Representative: James McNaney
Second-Year Representative: Gemma Canham
First-Year Rep: TBC in October
The 20th Ordinary Meeting of the 165th Session of the Literific took place on the 27th of March in the Senate Room. We then heard an opening address from our guest chair, Dr Jennifer McKinley, who explained the motion.
Dr Allister Ruffell, Dr Stephen Goss, Green Party MEP and Aaron Beasant were proposing the motion. Ruffell argued that no one source of energy will meet all our needs without a cost in money or to the environment. He explained how fracking works and that a good geological understanding was key. Stephen JPeter Goss said fracking wasn’t a question of whether we should or shouldn’t but that we need to because our demands are increasing and that renewable energy is currently not feasible. Beasant asked what alternatives the proposition would provide, that renewable energy was not viable as you can’t gain energy from something so unpredictable.
Dawn Patterson, No Fracking NI, Ross Brown, Green Party MEP and Ellie Kontarravdis, Green Party candidate for Balmoral, spoke for the opposition. Patterson talked about how people living in fracked areas faced reductions in house values, tourism and farming as well as the effects it would have on the environment and our health. Brown said that research has been done showing leaking methane would have a greater effect on the environment than leaking CO2. He advised the House to reduce emissions and weigh up viability. Kontarravdis said that regulation was nice and beautiful and wonderful and will solve all our problems but that the framework for fracking is not sufficient.
The motion then went to the floor, a vote and the motion was defeated.
The 19th Ordinary Meeting of the 165th Session of the Literific took place on the 20th of March in the Senate Room.
Vincent Wooding, Jack Thompson and Naomh Gibson spoke in proposition. Wooding argued that it is unfair to trust a person to do things within society but not allow them the ability to choose how they die. Thompson explained active and passive euthanasia to the House and that dying is a phase. He said that doctors have become good at extending the dying phase which is not in the best interests of the patient. Gibson question how learned the proposition were. Instead of worrying about the required model she asked the House to concentrate on the right to control the last part of your life when so much is out of your hands.
Sammy Wade, Nathan Cantley and Nathan Anderson opposed the motion. Wade argued that it would undermine the basic function of the legal and health authorities which exist to protect life. Cantley said that society is confused about the right to die, that there are no guidelines and no framework for us to be able to support it. Anderson said that everyone has their own perspectives on it but that he believed vulnerable people should be given the best possible care as opposed to the right to die.
The floor debate ensued, summaries were heard and after a vote the motion passed.