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New online learning hub on sexual consent for Third Level education welcomed

A new online learning hub to provide an integrated, publicly- available resource on sexual consent awareness and consent learning resources in Third Level has been launched.

This initiative builds on the work of the pioneering Active* Consent team in NUIG and comes as part of a government initiative to improve the understanding on the meaning of, and importance of, consent in sexual activity.

Local Senator Fiona O’Loughlin, who hails from Rathangan, welcomed the new initiative.

She said: “This is a very welcome announcement, and I want to commend the government for their action in this area.

“The hub, being developed by the department will partnership with the National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway), and will improve the understanding of the meaning and importance of consent.

“There is no place for any form of sexual violence or domestic violence in our society, and we need to promote education in the area of consent.

“Consent is at the heart of healthy sexual activity. We must improve people’s understanding of what consent is, and what healthy consent looks like.

“Education in terms of consent, but also in terms of supports for victims, is crucial, and this online resource helps in that regard.

“The work being carried out in our third level sector will have a wider positive impact on society, but we need to ensure that this strategy is fit for purpose.

“This needs to be a first step in terms of consent education.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.