Archive for 22 November 2008

Hayes proposes graduate tax to fund third-level education

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 22 November 2008 by Steve

“The introduction of a graduate tax or levy as a means of funding third-level education instead of the return of college fees has been proposed by Fine Gael spokesman on education, Brian Hayes. In a speech to the Fine Gael national conference in Wexford last night, Mr Hayes outlined his plan whereby graduates would pay a contribution, deductible at source, for a number of years after they entered the labour force. One way of doing this would be through an extra PRSI charge. Mr Hayes said: ‘Paying a small proportion of your income over a period after you graduate, although difficult to sell, would in my view be a fairer solution to this issue.’ …” (more)

[Deaglán de Bréadún, Irish Times, 22 November]

150 TCD students protest against Batt O’Keeffe, SU President welcomes him!

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 22 November 2008 by Steve

“In the first Free Education for Everyone protest in Trinity, around 150 students turned up to send a clear message of opposition to fees to Batt O’Keeffe, the Minister for Education. However, in the second SU leader betrayal of the week, the Students’ Union President, Cathal Reilly welcomed O’Keeffe to the college with a handshake and a smile …” (more)

[IndyMedia Ireland, 22 November]

Bravo Trinity College Alumni!

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 22 November 2008 by Steve

“I attended graduate school at Trinity College, Dublin from 2005 – 2006 and never really had the sense that TCD was making an outreach of any sort to alumni. The prevailing feeling is that is what American universities did, not Irish ones – even though the Irish Government was starving their universities by making all undergraduate education free and not properly funding the universities’ budgets to be able to run current programs as well as up keep the buildings and grounds …” (more)

[Black Phoebe :: Ms. Jen, 18 November]