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100 days in power and government do U-Turn on student fees

16 June, 2011 - by Seán Crowe TD

Sinn Féin’s Education Spokesperson, Deputy Séan Crowe, has accused the Education and Skills Minister Rúairí Quinn of doing yet another government U-turn after they refused to rule out the introduction of college tuition fees.

Deputy Crowe continued: “As we mark the 100th day of this Government’s term it is clear that its track record has been characterised by countless U-turns on many key policy issues.

“By refusing to rule out an increase in student contribution fees, Minister Quinn has reneged on promises made in the Labour’s Party’s election manifesto and he has cast aside their pledge to oppose the introduction of third level fees including student loans and graduate taxes.

“Earlier this year, Minister Quinn was also quoted as saying that once in office he would reverse the €500 increase in the student contribution fee.

“Now the government have made a about 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.

“After 100 days in power, both coalition partners should bow their heads in shame at their shocking track record. The increases to Third Level Fees, like the cuts to Special Needs Assistants (SNAs), will impact on the most disadvantaged sections of our society. A college education should not be the sole preserve of the wealthy but that is what will happen if this Government press ahead with charging excessive fees to students.” ENDS

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