Mick joins stu­dents in fees protest

Bray People - - News -

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.

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