Third-level colleges need to become more efficient
The funding gap in Ireland's third-level education sector needs to be urgently addressed. It was long-fingered by the last government as an election loomed into view.
The Cassells report, published two months ago, pointed up the need for an additional €1bn in funding. There is no confidence that the current minority Coalition will grasp the nettle, a situation which is very discouraging.
But while there is a strong case for improved third-level funding, there have also been lingering questions about the need to address the issue of efficiency.