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DKIT Students Union and USI share student concerns ahead of Budget 2018 - Gerry Adams TD

7 July, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams welcomed DKIT Student Union and USI representatives to the Dáil to meet and discuss USI’s recently launched Budget 2018 document.

Incoming DKIT Student Union President Pauraic Reneghan, Vice President Aaron Geagan and USI President Michael Kerrigan outlined the concerns facing students, their families and the third level sector, arising from many years of government led cuts and underinvestment.

DKIT Student union raised particular concerns around the increasing demand for student supports, a need for proper investment in mental health services, and the likely impact of proposed student loans. The impact of governments decision to cut the under 26’s rate of Jobseekers was also noted as significant difficulty for many local students.

Teachta Adams stated:

“It was very useful to meet with Pauraic, Aaron and Michael to discuss the USI proposals to government ahead of the upcoming 2018 budget and to get a deeper understanding of the particular difficulties facing students attending DKIT.”

“Education has suffered hugely as a result of significant underinvestment and harsh cutbacks in recent years. The Cassells report showed the extent to which this has jeopardised the education of our students. Sinn Féin is firmly committed to increasing investment in higher and further education.”

“DKIT Student Union outlined the impact that current maintenance grants levels are having on students and families, as well as the huge need for government to make serious investment in mental health services. These issues are hugely important and I look forward to working with Pauraic and Aaron to ensure their voices are heard by government.”

“Sinn Féin education policy includes a progressive approach for the future of higher level education in Ireland. This means properly funding and resourcing the sector to increase accessibility and affordability.  In our alternative budget proposals, we have consistently argued for a range of measures that would address the issues that create such hardship for students."

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