Galway FEE statement about Ahern protest in NUIG

“Bertie Ahern was due to speak at the Literary and Debating society of NUI Galway tonight (Monday 2nd Feb). The event was cancelled due to student protest and scuffles with the Gardaí. Free Education for Everyone (FEE) called a protest against Ahern’s visit, applying the slogan ‘they’re trying to block our access to college so we’ll block theirs’. Although Ahern is no longer Taoiseach he remains a Fianna Fáil TD. The students were protesting the proposal of third level fees, the registration fee hike, and the general education cuts being introduced by the Fianna Fáil/ Green government. It is on this basis that FEE attempted to block Ahern’s access to the campus. About 50 students staged a sit down protest at the University Road entrance. Without provocation Gardaí launched themselves at the protesters. Instead of simply pulling students out of the way the Gardaí engaged in heavy-handed tactics – flinging students away and dragging them by the hair in a totally uncalled for manner …” (more)

[Free Education for Everyone, 5 February]

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