Fine Gael refusal to invest in education ‘undermines potential of young people and economy’ – Funchion
Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Kathleen Funchion has said Fine Gael’s attacks on essential public funding is undermining the potential of Ireland’s economy and young people, following news that 6 of Ireland’s top 8 Universities have fallen further in the QS World University Rankings, with Trinity College Dublin falling out of the Top 100.
Deputy Funchion said:
“We knew funding cuts to third level institutions was going to have a knock on effect. You cannot teach students with less resources and higher student/staff ratios and expect to maintain research and education standards.
“It is unfair on third-level students in this country that fees continue to rise while the quality of education is dropping and the government needs to acknowledge the importance of resources in Ireland’s universities and colleges.
“This is part of the wider Fine Gael agenda which starves our essential public services of resources, threatens economic stability and undermines Ireland’s potential. Meanwhile, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil propose a so-called Rainy Day Fund as part of their Budget race to the bottom to see who can under-fund our vital public services the most.
“Sinn Féin’s fully costed plan to transform education in Ireland would abolish student fees to give every citizen access, alongside a significant increase in core funding to institutions to reduce student-staff ratios and invest in research.
“Yet again, the Fine Gael government has failed the students of this country and this needs to stop. Funding needs to be restored to Universities and students need to be recognised as the future of this country.”