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Crowe voices support for USI protestors

16 November, 2011 - by Seán Crowe TD


Speaking in support of the University Student of Ireland’s (USI) rally today in Dublin highlighting possible increases in fees for students attending a third level institution, Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Seán Crowe said:

“Sinn Féin is opposed to any change in Government policy that would increase the financial burden that has already been placed on many students. The Student Contribution Charge currently stands at €2000 which prevents many students from low and middle income families accessing third level education.

“Many families have had the unenviable task of deciding which son or daughter goes on to further education. Any further increase in college fees risks bringing our society back to the days when the benefits accrued from having a higher level qualification was enjoyed mainly by a small wealthy elite. Sinn Féin believes that education is a right not a privilege and we are opposed at any attempts to increase third level fees

“I wish to commend the USI for organising today’s protest march – it is important that everyone has the right to equal access to third level education.

“The Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn, should honour his pre-election pledge and ensure there is no increase in fees or cuts to the maintenance grant.

“Access to a quality education is a basic building block if we are to kick-start Ireland’s economic recovery. This will hardly happen if the government continues to target education by implementing the same policies as their predecessors. As things stand, students and their families are being burdened with massive debt and this looks set to increase.” ENDS

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