Why Katie Ascough Deserves Our Admiration.
University College Dublin (UCD) students have voted to impeach their Students’ Union President Katie Ascough. They did this because she bravely refused to distribute advertising to promote the ending of lives through abortion. She refused to be bullied into breaking Irish law and she courageously upheld the principle of freedom of speech.
Katie has been on the end of a campaign of political correctness but she has shown a different kind of PC – political courage. She may have lost a vote but she has won great admiration. Ireland needs wonderful women like Katie in public life and I hope that one day we may see her elected President of something more worthy than her student union.
After the vote she spoke with great dignity saying:
Addressing a large crowd of students after the final results of the vote were announced she said “I am deeply saddened of the outcome of today’s vote and the fact that many students would impeach me.” It was “a sad day for our university”.
“Universities should be a place for freedom of speech, freedom of thought, and freedom of association … Respect for others with different beliefs are critical to debate and intellectual freedom on campus”.
“I enjoyed my time as president, and gave it my full commitment and best effort. I hope the initiatives that I helped start in UCD will bear fruit for all UCD students” she said. Ms Ascough’s speech was met with respectful applause from those in the count centre.