4A Ruairi Quinn

Quinn doesn’t ‘feel great’ about breaking promise

Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn T.D visited the University of Limerick today as part of the Issues in Irish Journalism Seminar and discussed the economic concerns facing Irish students.

Minister Quinn addressed student’s concerns of increasing fees and explained that fees could go up to €3000 in the next two years. 

He was confronted by Campaigns and Services Officer, Paddy Rockett, about breaking his party’s promises to Irish students to not raise fees, causing mass student protests for the past two years.

Minister Quinn responded by stating that he did not ‘feel great’ about having to break this promise but in regards to the student protests, he said that ‘the first phase of street politics is knowing when to come off the streets.’

However, Minister Quinn is seeking to ease the worries of cash-strapped students by introducing a new Grant Holding Authority that will be ‘like booking a Ryanair flight.’ He explained that the scheme will be carried out online and it will take into account all aspects of the individual student’s financial circumstances.

In Ireland, 65 per cent of young people take on the transition from second level to third level education. 41 per cent of these students avail of the grant system and do not pay registration fees.

Minister Quinn argued in the seminar that better cooperation and collaboration is needed between third level institutions such as Mary Immaculate College and University of Limerick to reduce the number of courses each institution offers.

By developing such links, the Government will be enabled to fund third level institutions without the need for self-assistance by the institutions themselves. He stated that ‘there is a huge investment of taxpayers’ money into third level education.’

Speaking about the future of Irish journalism, Minister Quinn insisted that students should retain their passion for curiosity and be interested in public affairs and ‘be close to a politician but don’t get into bed with them.’




'Quinn doesn’t ‘feel great’ about breaking promise' have 9 comments

  1. June 25, 2016 @ 8:55 pm Airport Transit

    This website is amazing. I will tell about it to my friends and anybody that could be interested in this subject. Great work guys!

  2. August 7, 2016 @ 10:43 am Hilario Annas

    After examine a number of of the weblog posts on your web site now, and I really like your approach of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark website record and can be checking back soon. Pls try my website online as properly and let me know what you think.

  3. August 9, 2016 @ 8:15 pm Nasi Tumpeng Agustusan

    where is the best site to do a blog page, blog suggestions be thankful. thanks for help. sam i actually tried get the blog but seems no thread, check it out.

  4. August 12, 2016 @ 6:11 pm harga toyota lampung

    I was trying to find a free Dreamweaver option and this looks like Kompozer is good. Yet I could not find any kind of feedback with using this plan for wordpress templates. I wanted to know anybody has used it and how well it works. Thanks a lot in advance..

  5. August 14, 2016 @ 8:37 am obat jantung koroner tradisional

    Admiring the hard work you put into your website and in depth information you provide. It’s nice to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same out of date rehashed material. Fantastic read! I’ve saved your site and I’m adding your RSS feeds to my Google account.

  6. August 19, 2016 @ 6:35 am Android developer Jakarta

    How Can I Copyright laws Protect Stories and Content on My Website?

  7. August 19, 2016 @ 8:04 am Prediksi bola

    I want to begin a review blog page. My friend and I would be reviewing books, games, toys etc ..

  8. August 20, 2016 @ 10:40 am Penyakit Jantung Koroner

    I just couldn’t depart your site before suggesting that I actually enjoyed the standard information a person provide for your visitors? Is gonna be back often in order to check up on new posts

  9. August 20, 2016 @ 11:12 am Penyakit Jantung Rematik

    I’ve a WordPress blog page with Arras theme. This site strangely displays different upon different computers. On some computers, I see all 3 columsn, upon other PC, I see just one. On additional PCs, some wiered items. Please someone help me..

Would you like to share your thoughts?

Your email address will not be published.

Images are for demo purposes only and are properties of their respective owners. Old Paper by ThunderThemes.net