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FG and Labour differ over asset test for college grants

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 6 January 2011 by Steve

“Fine Gael and Labour have failed to agree a common position over the controversial issue of introducing asset tests to help decide who gets higher education grants …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 6 January]

Fine Gael, Labour won’t commit to grant cut reversal

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 10 December 2010 by Steve

“The expected incoming government coalition of Fine Gael and Labour said last night that they were unable to give a commitment on reversing grant cuts introduced by the outgoing government at this week’s controversial Budget …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 9 December]

Opposition offers no comfort to furious students

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 9 December 2010 by Steve

“Fine Gael and Labour – set to form the next government – were last night unable to give a commitment to students they would reverse grant cuts in this week’s Budget …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 9 December]

Batt O’Keeffe screws students by shelving reform of grants system

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 13 May 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Ruairi Quinn TD, Labour Spokesperson for Education, has strongly condemned the decision by Batt O’Keeffe, Minister for Education and Science, to postpone the introduction of new reforms for the third level grant system due to the downturn in the public finances. The Student Support Bill 2008 had planned to make applying for a grant a lot easier for students and to reduce the amount of bureaucracy involved. Mr. Quinn said the decision showed Batt O’Keeffe has no desire to help students and called on the government not to reintroduce third level fees. The decision was revealed in reply to a parliamentary question asked by Mr. Quinn …” (more)

[Labour Party, 13 May]

Labour will resist any reintroduction of college fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 20 March 2009 by Steve

Ireland“It is becoming clearer by the day that Education Minister Batt O’Keeffe is hell-bent on reintroducing third level tuition fees and Labour will fight tooth and nail to oppose any such proposals. Since Labour Education Minister Niamh Bhreathnach abolished fees in 1995, tens of thousands of people who would otherwise not have had the opportunity, have benefited from a third level education. Now Batt O’Keefe wants to wind back the clock. Fianna Fail has always been suspicious of the no-fee model of third level education, and they are now cynically taking advantage of the adverse situation in our public finances to bring back fees – something they’ve wanted to do for years. I take no comfort from claims by Minister O’Keeffe that fees will only by applied to those who can afford it. Minister O’Keefe’s view of who can afford to pay fees is probably very different to mine, and his view next year may be radically different to his view this year …” (more)

[Labour Party, 20 March]

Labour Youth slams Fine Gael’s proposed attack on future graduates

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 19 March 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Speaking this morning in reaction to Fine Gael’s proposal on the reform of college fees, Chair of Labour Youth Gary Honer expressed outrage at the proposals, describing them as ‘retrograde’. ‘While we welcome proposals which offer an alternative to the re-introduction of college fees, Fine Gael have put out an ill-thought-out suggestion, devoid of any real vision, which would be a huge kick in the teeth to young people hoping to go on to Third Level education. One of the major reasons why Ireland’s education system is a world leader is because of the lack of fees at third level, which has allowed thousands of young people to achieve an education which otherwise may have been out of their reach …’” (more)

[Labour Party, 19 March]

De Rossa slams Fine Gael proposal to use PRSI as a sneaky tax on education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 18 March 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Speaking from Brussels this afternoon, Labour MEP Proinsias De Rossa expressed outrage at Fine Gael’s College Fees Proposal. ‘This is a misuse of the social insurance fund, which is intended to insure people against sickness, disability, accidents, unemployment and support in old age, it should not be used as a sneaky tax on education. This is in essence a levy on graduates, and assumes that all graduates end up with jobs – and high-paid jobs at that. Education should be universally available from kindergarten to third level free of charge, paid for by taxation based on ability to pay. This sort of proposal creates poverty traps, and burdens young people with payments when they are starting out in their working life …’” (more)

[Labour Party, 18 March]

Lack of university in Waterford continues to damage local economy

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 11 December 2008 by Steve

“Waterford needs a university so that the city, the county and the region can have adequate numbers of graduates as the Ireland moves more and more to becoming a knowledge economy. In the absence of a university, Waterford and the region have undoubtedly suffered from a significant level of brain drain, with an estimated 7,000 people leaving the region to study at university, annually. Any school-leaver who wants to enjoy the benefits of a university education has no other choice but to leave the region, and the experience in Waterford is that once people leave it is very difficult to get them back …” (more)

[Brian O’Shea TD, Labour Party Press Release, 11 December]