Thursday 8 December 2016

Bringing back college fees

Published 19/12/2010 | 05:00

Sir -- I noted, with interest, the comment from Eamon Delaney in the Sunday Independent, December 12, 2010, where he stated, about the abolition of third-level fees, "the reality is that the abolition of such fees has done little to enable poorer kids to reach university". This is the same mantra being spouted by many advocates for the reintroduction of fees, a disingenuous mantra, as these "poorer kids" never had to pay fees in the first place.

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He went on to say, "Instead, the abolition has mainly benefited the children of the middle classes". As if that was a bad thing? Does he, and others, not realise how difficult it is for so-called "middle-class" families to put their children through college?

He added, "Hence it was brought in by the Labour Party in the Nineties, to suit its own support base, the very constituency now behind its surge in the opinion polls, just as it was in 1992." Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but the same "constituency" is the one which has also voted for FG, FF and the Greens.

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