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Student leader arrested over protest in Dail

This is the moment when students' anger at the Government led to their president being arrested in the Dail.

Photographs taken by members of the Union of Students of Ireland show John Logue (23) as he is handcuffed and led from the public gallery after he turned his back on the Dail and refused to sit down.

He was attending the public gallery with around 100 other students.

The students were in Leinster House to observe a Private Members' Bill, proposed by Fianna Fail, calling on the Government to 'refrain from further cuts to the education budget and further increases in the registration fee'.


The motion was passed, but in a much-amended form that removed the call for Fine Gael and Labour to maintain the student contribution as its current level.

Most of the crowd then stood in unison and turned their backs on the chamber before security staff ordered all those who wished to continue observing proceedings to sit down.

Logue, from Letterkenny, Co Donegal, was the last to remain standing and was arrested by gardai for disobeying standing orders of the Dail. He was removed in handcuffs and taken to Pearse Street Garda Station at 9.30pm.

The UCD law graduate was released just over an hour later without charge.

A USI spokesperson said Mr Logue was "turning his back on a Dail which has turned its back on students" and that the protest was not disruptive.

"By voting down an amendment that would have preserved the current level of the grant and stopped fee hikes, this Government has once again failed students and families," the spokesperson said.

Students said the demonstration was a peaceful act of civil disobedience, intended to highlight the issues facing students.