NUI Galway to install gender neutral bathrooms from September

The students' union says it is a "big step on the road to a more inclusive and equal campus for all"

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NUI Galway is set to install gender neutral bathrooms across its campus, the university's students' union has said.

The new facilities will be rolled out from September, across all the main buildings on the campus.

In a statement, the union said: "Gender neutral bathrooms create private, individual spaces that are open to all people. Traditional Female/male sex-segregated bathrooms are not accessible spaces that everyone can use and feel comfortable in.

"NUI Galway Students’ Union advocates for the rights of the diverse population of 17,500 students attending the University," the statement adds.

Phelim Kelly, president of the union, said they were 'delighted' to have secured the new arrangement with university authorities.

"This is a big step on the road to a more inclusive and equal campus for all," he added.

University College Cork and the University of Limerick are among the other Irish universities to have introduced gender neutral toilet facilities.