Adams challenges Gilmore on third level cuts
Sinn Féin president, Gerry Adams TD, this morning challenged the Labour Party’s commitment to education pledges made prior to the general election and to the government’s commitment to the provision of third level education.
The Sinn Féin leader also challenged the Tánaiste on plans to abolish financial support for postgraduate students from next year; the continuing stripping away of Special Needs Assistants from children who need them; and why the government is planning to take up to 2,000 teaching posts out of the system in the Budget?
Deputy Adams said: “The Labour leader famously signed a pledge in the days before the general election vowing to oppose the re-introduction of third level fees.
“The minister, Ruairi Quinn was photographed signing the same pledge. This pledge like so many other election promises now joins the growing list of u-turns by this government.
“Today thousands of students will march in this city opposing any increase of third level fees and against any cuts to the higher education maintenance grant.
“High quality third level education is a vital prerequisite to kick-starting economic recovery. Access to education should also be the right of every citizen. The existence of this right or its absence is an indicator of what type of society this is. Sinn Féin supports the students and is opposed to any increase in college fees or additional cuts to student supports.”