Call to oppose increase in college fees

A university student from Clonmel is urging people to lobby government party TDs not to increase fees for Third Level students in the forthcoming Budget.

A university student from Clonmel is urging people to lobby government party TDs not to increase fees for Third Level students in the forthcoming Budget.

Lorna Gardiner from College Avenue, Clonmel, said that with five secondary schools in Clonmel and more many more in the county everyone knows someone who will be affected if fees are increased or grants cut.

Addressing students, parents and grandparents, Lorna says that before the general election Fine Gael and Labour promised that they wouldn’t increase college fees if they were in government.

“Fees are now on the agenda for the upcoming Budget and neither party is willing to stand over their promise. We need to send a message to government that lies will not be tolerated. If you are a concerned student, or have a loved one that is a student, make it known to your government party TD that an increase in college fees would prove detrimental to them. Telephone or text your TD before the Budget. If we stand together as a community we can fight the brain drain that will inevitably happen if fees increase or grants are cut for our local students”, says Lorna, a second year Government student at UCC.

She also says it’s worth remembering that it’s less expensive for the state to put a student through college than to have them on the dole.