Saturday 25 February 2017

No excuses for the SUSI debacle in year one

Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

Former minister for Education Ruairi Quinn
Former minister for Education Ruairi Quinn

The chaos that engulfed SUSI in its first year of operation is perfectly understandable, and completely inexcusable, after reading the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, Séamus McCarthy.

Page after page details what went wrong and why, in a damning indictment of the planning and organisation that went into setting up the new single grant awarding authority.

Many students suffered hardship in its first year as a result of blunders and delays that left them waiting for the grants on which they were depending to pursue their studies.

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