Speaking from Leinster House today, Sinn Fein’s education spokesperson, Deputy Jonathan O’Brien commended the Union of Students of Ireland day of action today and praised the students for taking to the streets.
The Cork North Central TD today:
“Sinn Fein fully backs the USI day of action today and comments the thousands of students who have marched at various locations across Ireland to demonstrate their opposition to the attacks on education provision by this government.
“The grant is wholly inadequate and yet is the only source of income for many students and needs to be protected. The alternative for many thousands of students is the dole queue.
“The contribution fee is draining students, both mentally and financially. It is a blatant act of exploitation of students on the part of the government. The continuous targeting of those most vulnerable in society must stop.
“Education should not be treated as a luxury. It is a right, and it is an investment in future society. It is a public good.
“I am calling on the Minister for Education to listen to these students and take on board what they are saying. Stop increasing fees and leave the grant alone”