Budget context to set costs of Government programme

Ireland“… The spokesman also insisted that increased college registration charges will not be a substitute form of revenue-raising after third-level college fees. ‘Registration fees will not be a vehicle for fees by the back door. I’m saying that emphatically and on the record’, the spokesman said. A decision not to proceed with third-level fees was taken in the talks between Fianna Fáil and the Green Party last week on a renewed programme. The Green Party spokesman said registration charges ‘may vary’ but they ‘will not be tantamount to fees’ …” (more)

[Harry McGee and Mary Minihan, Irish Times, 14 October]

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