In 1972 Pat Rabbitte addresses crowds of student protesters at Leinster House.

A 23 year old Pat Rabbitte in the position as President of the National Union of Students in Ireland (USI). Rabbitte held this position between 1972 and 1974 having previously served as the President of the UCG (University College Galway) Students' Union.

During a student protest over the low level of higher education grants, Pat Rabbitte addresses students at Leinster House. The demonstration brings traffic in Dublin city centre to a standstill. Similar protests are held in Cork, Limerick, Sligo, Waterford and Galway in favour of extending student grants to colleges of technology.