College fees proposals to come before Cabinet

“Proposals which could see the return of college fees or student loans will be presented to the Cabinet within weeks. Confirming the move yesterday, Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe said he would take ‘full account’’ of higher taxes and other levies imposed by the Government before finalising his proposals. He also said any new fees regime would be accompanied by a new system of ‘family-proofing’ designed to ensure fairness and equality. With higher tax and other charges inevitable, he said the Government was anxious to ensure undue burden was not imposed on any section of society. Asked if he was talking about middle-income PAYE earners, he said: ‘That is one section of society where I would be anxious some system of family-proofing was in place’ …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 5 March]

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