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Quinn U-Turn on Student Fees shameful – Crowe

31 May, 2011 - by Seán Crowe TD

Sinn Féin’s Education Spokesperson, Deputy Séan Crowe, has accused Minister Ruairi Quinn of ‘reneging on promises made in the Labour’s Party’s election manifesto’ after he refused yesterday to rule out an increase in student contribution fees.

Deputy Crowe said the Labour Party should be ashamed of its track record in Government after less than 100 days in power.

He said, “In the run-up to February’s General Election, Minister Quinn made a pledge that the Labour Party would oppose the introduction of third level fees including student loans, graduate taxes and any further increase in the Student Contribution.

“He also went on to say that he would reverse the €500 increase in the student contribution fee once in office.

“Yesterday, in an interview with RTE, he made a complete U-turn and refused to rule out additional student fees stating clearly that the pledge he made in February now ‘no longer stands.’

“This is just the latest example of how this Government is failing to live up to the pledges it made during the election campaign and they are treating the electorate with contempt.

“Labour particularly should be ashamed of their track record in a government that has not yet reached 100 days in power. The increases to Third Level Fees, like the cuts to SMAs, will impact on the most disadvantaged sections of our society.

“A college education should not be the sole preserve of a middle class elite but that is what will happen if this Government presses ahead with charging excessive fees to students.” ENDS

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