Equality of access at university is vital
Some of the best arguments in favour of equal opportunity in education amount to little more than vulgar commerce. A well-educated populace can drive on economic development and help boost prosperity.
Education also brings many other social and political benefits to a country like Ireland, where people set great store by fairness in life.
Assessments of the rise of the Irish economy from the mid-1990s onwards attributed much of the credit to investment in education. The latest figures from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) about participation in third-level education are encouraging, with more than half of school leavers going on to college.