Saturday 19 January 2019

'Enough is enough' - Trinity students block access to Book of Kells in exam fees protest

Students protest in Trinity College. Photo: Mary Hartnett
Students protest in Trinity College. Photo: Mary Hartnett

Jason Kennedy

A number of Trinity College students blocked access to the Book of Kells this afternoon in protest of the college's decision to introduce supplementary exam fees.

Activist group 'Students against Supplemental Exam Fees' had been blocking the main entrance, before moving to the Book of Kells, one of the city's main tourist attractions.

The group are demanding university officials backtrack on their decision to introduce supplemental fee of €450 for re-sit examinations.

In a statement, the group said the college does not care about its students.

"We, students of Trinity College Dublin, demand that these decisions be completely repealed. These decision have a detrimental effect on students who already have to struggle with the rising cost of student living in Dublin."

In the statement, the group demands that fees be scrapped and a written declaration produced promising they will never been reintroduced in the future.

They are also calling for affordable rental options for the academic year and no further increase in academic fees in any form.

The protest was due to wrap up at 1pm, but it has only been getting bigger, according to TCD Students' Union Communications Officer Úna Harty.

"Nobody is allowed into the building. Some tourists are baffled as to what's going on, but we've been explaining why we're protesting all day and they understand why we're doing this," Úna told

"Some tourists have even joined us, which is fantastic. We've not had any bad reactions from them.

"It's absolutely ridiculous to charge €450 for an examination whether you sit one or sit 12. I don't know where they picked that number out of." has contacted Trinity College for comment.

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