Angry student marchers say higher fees will spell disaster
MORE than 1,000 angry students marched through the streets of Galway yesterday in protest over college fees.
There was a large garda presence as the hundreds of students gathered in the Spanish Arch area of the city centre, but no incidents were reported.
The irate demonstrators said the protest by NUI Galway (NUIG) and Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology students will be the first of several regional demonstrations before the Budget next month.
NUIG students' union president Peter Mannion said they would be stepping up their opposition to the proposed increase in third-level fees and the reduction in grants.
"This government needs to understand that increasing fees and cutting supports will cost the taxpayer more in social welfare payments to students who drop out.
"Students want to help solve the country's economic problems; that can only be done by building a knowledge economy that will attract investment," he said.