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Government must make clear its opposition to the reintroduction of third level fees

14 September, 2004

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin South-West and spokesperson on education Séan Crowe has challenged Education Minister Noel Dempsey to make absolutely clear the governments opposition to third-level fees. He was speaking following a report the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report which is calling for the reintroduction of third-level fees.

Deputy Crowe said:

"It's bad enough that the Minster has made a mockery of the "free fees" policy of this government with the recent increase in third level student registration fees. He must now remove the ongoing uncertainty regarding the reintroduction of third-level fees which is hanging over the head of students who are struggling to make ends meet as it is.

"Sinn Féin is completely opposed to the reintroduction of third-level fees.

"Unlike this government which believes inequality is good for society, Sinn Féin will stand shoulder to shoulder with students and parents in demanding that access to third-level education is a guaranteed right for all no matter their economic situation."ENDS

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