Saturday 18 November 2017

Cash-strapped colleges 'unviable'

University heads say the reintroduction of third-level fees is necessary, writes Daniel McConnell

Ireland's university presidents have united this weekend to declare that their debt-ridden institutions are on the verge of insolvency, their top academics are leaving and the quality of teaching is declining rapidly, because of a lack of adequate funding.

Speaking to the Sunday Independent, five of the seven university presidents have this weekend said that, as a result of the cuts, virtually all of the progress made during the boom years is being undone very quickly; top posts can't be filled due to a lack of funds; top international academics are leaving Ireland because of the cuts and Ireland's international standing is plummeting as a result.

With a combined deficit of €32m, the universities were scathing of the Green Party block on the reintroduction of student fees last October. Several of the presidents said the funding issue was now at such a critical stage, that fees would have to return, and sooner rather than later.

Please sign in or register with for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Promoted Links

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Don't Miss