Dept of Education submission to Finance on foot of McCarthy Report

Ireland“… How the third level system is funded is a matter of great debate, the department, in fairness to them, don’t shirk the challenge. The stall is set out early: ‘28% of free fees provision goes directly to families with over €80,000 income’, it says. A further 15% going to families with a six-figure income level, they mention later. ‘Given the disproportionately high representation of those from better off backgrounds in third level, the untargeted free fees spending results in this group being subsidised to an even higher degree by the taxpayer …'” (more)

[Mark Coughlan, Irish Election, 9 September]

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