Sunday 18 March 2018

Students march over €500 fee hike

Kathryn Hayes

'NO fees, no cheese, no Fianna Fail TDs' -- that was the protest chant from hundreds of students who brought traffic to a standstill in Limerick city centre yesterday.

More than 300 students from Limerick Senior College of Further Education organised the demonstration to highlight their opposition to a €500 hike in registration fees.

"There's a €250 registration fee in place at the moment and they plan to put that up to €750.

"We're a PLC (Post Leaving Cert) college and we're trying to make it accessible to everyone and a €750 fee for a PLC course is just too much," Ciaran O'Brien of the students' union said.

Students carried placards reading 'no to fees' and 'education, not emigration' as they marched through the city.

After leaving classes at 11am, the students marched to the offices of Fianna Fail deputy Peter Power on Henry Street, where a petition with 1,000 signatures was handed in.

More than 1,500 people study at Limerick Senior College of Further Education, between day and evening courses.

"We've got great support and it's good to see that people do care and that they want to try to change things as much as they can," protest organiser Paul O'Connor said.

The first year radio student said the students had already held a meeting with Mr Power and they hoped "he can help us as much as he can".

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