Mick joins students in fees protest
BRAY MAN Mick Glynn was among a crowd of angry students marching through Dublin’s City Centre last Wednesday to protest over the proposed reintroduction of third-level fees.
Mick, who is an election candidate and has worked as a DJ and sound engineer in Bray for over a decade, stood with around 15,000 students taking part in the demonstration.
‘A return to student fees or major increases in registration fees for third-level education marks a serious regressive step for the education of the country,’ said the local dad. ‘To get our economy back on track we must invest in this sector – not use them as scapegoats for the financial crisis.’
Third-level fees were abolished nearly a decade ago, but student numbers have since risen by 40 per cent at colleges. ‘I met several students from Wicklow at the protest,’ he said. ‘They all insisted that it would be impossible for them to go to third-level education if there was a reintroduction of fees.’
Students said that travel expenses, rent, and cost of living are already having a serious strain on their parents already.
‘They felt that any increase in the cost of going to college would have impact on their struggling families.’ Proposed graded means testing will affect families on the threshold, according to Mick. Many will face the prospect of borrowing large amounts of money to finish college, or not being able to receive any third level education at all.
Mick Glynn joined in the student protest against the re-introduction of college fees in Dublin City.