Student grants talk at council
CARLOW County Council held a special meeting last Monday evening to discuss three notice of motions regarding education and the delays concerning the payment of grants to students.
The meeting was the second called as the first was deemed invalid as the application, submitted by Cllr Arthur McDonald, had only been done so six days previously.
Tensions were high once again as Cllr McDonald branded cathoirleach Michael Abbey 'a disgrace to the chair'. He continued: 'Are you going to be a political bully? I am shocked by what went on a week ago. You all colluded to have the meeting at 7pm when people could not attend.'
Cllr Jennifer Murnane O'Connor added: ' This meeting is justified. I believe people going to college are finding it hard to live. They are struggling. Education is key and we cannot afford to see students not being able to afford college. The biggest gift you can give a child is education.'
Motions calling on Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn not to increase fees, to protect the maintenance grant and consider the impact on the local economy were carried by the Council.