Hanafin to face protests at her former university
A GUARD of "dishonour" will await Education Minister Mary Hanafin when she visits her alma mater this week.
Furious students attending NUI Maynooth are planning to protest at her visit to the college on Thursday morning.
The opening of the new Iontas building will be marred by the protest, students are warning.
In a letter to NUI Maynooth president Prof John Hughes, the Students' Union said: "The Cabinet is considering further cuts to basic student services and to the third-level sector. It is unclear to us why the university should be honouring the minister, even though she is a notable graduate, at this time."