Third-level fees will not address funding crisis – Labour

Ireland“Reintroducing fees for third-level education is not the way to address the funding crisis in the sector, the Labour Party said today. Education spokesman Ruairi Quinn accused Fianna Fáil of ‘cynically taking advantage’ of the adverse situation in the public finances in order to bring back fees. Mr O’Keeffe said yesterday the Cabinet would decide on a new system of college fees within the next two weeks, but that no new fees would be levied until September 2010. The Minister has yet to decide on the income threshold above which students and their families would be liable to pay fees. ‘I take no comfort from claims by Minister O’Keeffe that fees will only by applied to those who can afford it,’ Mr Quinn said. …” (more)

[Elaine Edwards, Irish Times, 20 March]

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