The (bad) politics of third level fees

Ireland“The first round of CAO offers went out today, but those who have done well enough in their Leaving Cert to proceed to university may be the last ones to do so for free. The return of fees was probably inevitable even before the economy ran dry. Even so, the performance of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) on the issue over the past year or so is surely enough to send even the most well-disposed observer into paroxysms of contempt. The ‘union’, long a staging post for would-be politicians with more ambition than ability (sorry, Eamon) has at least been consistent in its approach. Its flat refusal to consider charges for tuition in any form, ever, is straight from the Ian Paisley playbook. It’s about as helpful in resolving the issue at hand …” (more)

[Irish Election, 17 August]

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