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MLA supports Dublin Student Protest

30 November, 2004

Sinn Féin Spokesperson MLA Michael Ferguson said that he supports NUS/USI Dublin Protests against any attempt by the Irish Government to introduce a University Fee Systems. Following the recommendations of the OECD on funding for Higher Education in the 26 Counties it seems that the Government of the 26 Counties is scheduled to follow the lead of the Labour Government in England and impose student fees.

Commenting on the Dublin protests organised by NUS/USI at which the NUT and other Trade Unions will attend Michael Ferguson said,

"It is crucial that in the North we secure working Institutions at the Assembly and stop the British Government from imposing what they couldn't impose on their own Party in Scotland and which many of their MPs in England now regret voting for and that is Student Fee Top Ups.

"I have met today with the NUS/USI convener and offered him my total support against a similar move by the Coalition Government in the 26 Counties and have arranged for him to meet with our TD Sean Crowe who will oppose any Oireactas Motion to introduce Fees."ENDS

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