KERRY County Council will not be following their Clare counterparts' example by asking third level grant applicants if their parents have paid the household charge.
This week, Education Minister Ruairi Quinn sparked controversy when he defended Clare County Council for refusing to approve third-level student grants unless their parents had paid the €100 charge, describing the council's stance as 'reasonable.'
On Tuesday, however, a spokesperson for Kerry County Council confirmed that no such action will be take here.
"While we are encouraging people to continue paying their household charge - and are happy with the compliance rate of over 70 per cent - it is not our intention to go down that route," Kerry County Council's communication manager, Pádraig Corkery. "People are continuing to pay every day and we hopeful the figure will continue to rise."
The decision has been welcomed by Sin Feinn Councillor Toireasa Ferris who congratulated county manager Tom Curran for 'displaying compassion' that was obviously lacking at the head of Clare County Council.
"Thankfully our county manager has a bit more compassion and we want to congratulate Tom Curran for refusing to sink to this new low," she said.