Crisis-hit university chiefs demand the return of fees

“Three university presidents yesterday stepped up their campaign for the early return of tuition fees. And one warned that unless fees for all were reintroduced, Irish universities would face a ‘disaster’ within two years. The warning from the presidents of Trinity College, Dublin City University and University College Cork came as some colleges sank deeper into debt amid fears of further cuts before the end of the year. The president of University College Cork, Dr Michael Murphy, said everyone was on the frontline, with neither students nor academic staff immune to cutbacks. ‘I have not seen anything like it,’ he said. ‘There are no rules for coping with this financial situation. In November we estimated a shortfall of €11.5m. Then it was €12m and now the bursar has told me we are a further €4m down’ … ” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 16 January]

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