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Inaugural meeting of SF All Ireland Student Forum taking place in Dublin

3 November, 2004

Sinn Féin Representative for Dublin South East, Councillor Daithí Doolan speaking at the inaugural meeting of the party's All Ireland Student Forum which is taking place in Trinity College Dublin called for a widespread campaign to tackle inequality in education.

Councillor Doolan said:

"Today's inaugural meeting of the Sinn Féin student forum here in Dublin is very important, bringing together as it does students from third level colleges throughout Ireland. It will give them an opportunity to raise and debate the issues that concern them. Issues such as Irish unity, the occupation of Iraq, education campaigns, accommodation, minimum wage and fees will be hotly debated, solutions provided and campaigns worked on.

"We must ensure that third level education is free and accessible to all. For too long colleges have been the preserve of the middle classes, that culture must be challenged and changed. Students, regardless of socio economic back ground must be supported and resourced from early childhood to ensure that such inequality and disadvantage is brought to an end.

Cllr. Doolan concluded by calling on the Minister for Education Mary Hanafin, "to prepare a green paper that sets out the government‚s plans for an All Ireland third level education system that is actually based on people‚s needs and not strengthening the bastions of exclusion." ENDS

The Sinn Féin All Ireland Forum takes place today, Trinity College Dublin, 10am-4pm.

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