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Third level Institutions for all counties

20 May, 2004


Sinn Féin East EU candidate John Dwyer commenting on the Education special in this week's Irish Farmers Journal, which shows that students tend to choose local third level institutions, has said that the "report shows once again how essential it is to have third level institutions in every county, to prevent students from outside Dublin and larger urban areas being excluded from further education."

Mr Dwyer said: „The Irish Farmers‚ Journal points out correctly that rural students need colleges on their doorstep. County Wexford for example, has no third level institutions at all, and it‚s not a coincidence that the county also has the lowest third level participation of all the counties across Ireland.

"The Journal's investigation shows that students don‚t stray far from home, when seeking education, mainly because of the cost of living away from home. But in Wexford, the only choice students have is to travel to either Waterford or Carlow.

"This report shows once again how essential it is to have third level institutions in every county, to prevent students from outside Dublin and larger urban areas being excluded from further education.

"It is also imperative that the third level institutions offer courses that are relevant to the local economy in which they are based. Many apprentices in rural areas for instance, are falling between the bracket of student and worker. They need full-time resourced training colleges, so that they can go on to contribute to the community in which they live."ENDS

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