Student Grant blackmail over unjust household charge – an outrage

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 18th, 2012 by steve

“In a statement, Richard Boyd Barrett TD for the People before Profit Alliance/ULA has condemned as ‘outrageous’ the move by Clare Co Council to deny third level grants to applicants whose parents have not paid the household charge …” (more)

[United Left Alliance, 18 September]

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Councils link charge to grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 18th, 2012 by steve

“A second council has joined Clare County Council in asking college grant applicants for proof of household charge payments to process applications. South Tipperary County Council has decided …” (more)

[Irish Times, 18 September]

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Angry students slam grant blackmail threat

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 18th, 2012 by steve

“Student anti-cuts group Free Education for Everyone (FEE) has slammed Clare County Council for demanding that an Ennis woman provide proof of payment of the household charge before they release her college grant …” (more)

[Free Education for Everyone, 18 September]

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‘Use whatever means necessary’ says Hogan as he backs council in student grant row

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 18th, 2012 by steve

“A defiant Environment Minister Phil Hogan has encouraged county councils to use ‘whatever means necessary’ to collect the €100 household charge …” (more)

[Fiach Kelly, Independent, 18 September]

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Hogan defends Clare Co Council in household-charge ‘proof’ row

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 18th, 2012 by steve

“The Environment Minister Phil Hogan has defended the decision of Clare County Council to ask students applying for third level grants for proof that their families had paid the household charge …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 18 September]

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Phil Hogan on College Grants and the Household Charge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 18th, 2012 by steve

“Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan says he fully supports County Councils which are threatening to withhold college grants from people who have not paid the household charge …” (video)

[TV3 News at 5.30, 18 September]

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Number of local authorities considering withholding grants over non-payment of household

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 18th, 2012 by steve

“Number of local authorities considering withholding grants over non-payment of household charge. A number of other local authorities say they are also considering the possibility of witholding student grant payments to households that haven’t paid the €100 household charge …” (audio)

[Today FM, 18 September]

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Grant applicants asked if they have paid household charge. The new reality?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 18th, 2012 by steve

“… Clare County Council are looking for proof of payment of the household tax before they will release an educational grant. This is a disgrace. Blackmail being their latest trick, I also wonder about the legality of this …” (thread)

[Politics.ie, 17 September]

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Ruairi Quinn says it reasonable for councils to ask grant applicants about legally-due taxes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 18th, 2012 by steve

“Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn has said it is reasonable to ask those applying for additional taxpayers’ money whether they were compliant with a legally-due tax …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 18 September]

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Clare County Council defends third level grant link with Household Charge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 18th, 2012 by steve

“Clare County Council has defended its decision to link the payment of higher education grants to students to payment of the household charge …” (video)

[RTÉ One News, 18 September]

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Quinn must immediately clarify position on grant controversy

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 18th, 2012 by steve

“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue has called for an urgent statement from the Education Minister Ruairí Quinn after he said it was ‘reasonable’ for County Councils to use the threat of withholding education grants as leverage over families unable or unwilling to pay the Household Charge …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 18 September]

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Poll: Should grant holders have to prove payment of the household charge?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 18th, 2012 by steve

“Clare County Council has sent letters to recipients of third-level grants demanding that they submit proof of payment of the household charge – or risk a delay or refusal of their maintenance funds …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 18 September]

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Grant applicants asked for proof of household charge payment

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 18th, 2012 by steve

“It is claimed that families applying to Clare County Council for a 3rd-level grant are being asked to submit proof they have paid their household charge …” (more, audio)

[Newstalk.ie, 18 February]

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Sinn Féin education spokesperson ‘appalled’ at bullyboy tactics of Clare Co Council

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2012 by steve

“Sinn Féin education spokesperson ‘appalled’ at bullyboy tactics of Clare Co Council. Sinn Féin education spokesperson, Deputy Jonathan O’Brien TD said he is ‘appalled and shocked’ at the decision of Clare County Council to seek proof from college grant applicants that they or their families had paid the Household Charge …” (more)

[Cork Sinn Féin, 18 September]

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Fury as council blocks student grants over household charge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 18th, 2012 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn this morning defended Clare County Council for refusing to approve third-level student grants unless their parents had paid the €100 household charge …” (more)

[Fionnan Sheahan, Independent, 18 September]

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FF leader says it’s illegal for Clare to withold grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 18th, 2012 by steve

“FF leader says its illegal for Clare to withold grants. The Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin says its unfair and possibly illegal for Clare County Council to withhold grants from students who haven’t paid the household charge …” (audio)

[Today FM, 18 September]

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Department ‘neither consulted nor informed’ on council grant request

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 18th, 2012 by steve

“The Department of Education and Skills has said it ‘was neither consulted nor informed of’ the move by Clare County Council to ask grant holders to prove they have paid the household charge …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 18 September]

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Clare council accused of scare tactics – Household Charge campaign’s Pamela Rochford

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 18th, 2012 by steve

“Clare County Council has confirmed that it has written to applicants for third level grants asking for proof that they, or in many cases presumably their parents, have paid the household charge …” (audio)

[RTÉ Morning Ireland, 18 September]

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Press Statement: Joe Higgins TD seeks debate in Dail today on Clare County Council’s refusal to grant aid 3rd level students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 18th, 2012 by steve

“Joe Higgins TD seeks debate in Dail today on Clare County Council’s refusal to grant aid 3rd level students whose parents haven’t paid Household Charge. Demands Minister for Education intervenes to prohibit further victimisation of young people whose families have taken principled stand against unjust tax …” (more)

[United Left Alliance, 18 September]

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Clare families applying for student grants ‘asked for household charge receipts’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 18th, 2012 by steve

“It has been claimed that families applying to Clare County Council for a third level education grant are being asked to submit proof they have paid their household charge …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 18 September]

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