Opinion Analysis

Thursday 27 July 2017

Students don't want handouts, just a hand up

THE debacle over non-payment of student maintenance grants has very publicly highlighted a trend that has been developing since around 2008: the victimisation of Ireland's young people and the curtailing of opportunities that were promised to previous generations.

As the Government threatens to increase college fees to €3,000 – the second highest rate in the EU – and students drop out of college due to a new and woefully inept grant awarding system, young people could be forgiven for thinking that the Government is not only breaking its pre-election promises but actively heaping punishment on them.

Public finances are in a dire state, yes, but our young people had no hand in that development and they will lift us from the economic mire. Yet the punishment continues.

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