Students in legal action over cuts
THREE students claim the Education Minister Ruairi Quinn's decision to cut their maintenance grants is unfair and unjust.
The outcome is likely to affect thousands of people attending third-level colleges.
The action is regarded as a test case.
The changes to the maintenance grant were proposed by the previous Government in December 2010 and implemented in the 2011 Budget.
The three students were due to get grants of approximately €6,100 to €6,700 per year but the cuts resulted in losses of between €2,440 and €3,900 each, it is claimed.
The case is being brought by Medb McCarthy, an arts student at NUI Galway from Murtyclough, Burrin, Co Clare; Robert Johnson, doing business studies at Dundalk IT from Lattonalbany, Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, and Iesha Rowan, a mature student doing business studies at the Galway-Mayo IT who is from Ashbrook, Oranmore, Co Galway.
The case, opened before Mr Justice John Hedigan yesterday, continues.