'Free' education is too costly for many parents
Half a century after the introduction of free education, the costs of sending children to school are too high for many struggling families.
According to the Irish League of Credit Unions, the average spend per child last year was €1,474 for a second-level school and €967 at primary level. The league should know as every year credit unions have to help countless families get their children to school.
So too does Barnardos, which is campaigning for legislation to ensure that no parent should have to pay for books, materials or transport, at primary level at least.