Students prepare for Dublin protest against college loans

Students are taking to the streets of Dublin today, calling for free publicly-funded third level education.

The Union of Students in Ireland expects up to 5,000 people to march to Government Buildings for the protest.

They want the Government to adopt the state-funded option proposed in the Cassels report on Higher Education.

USI president Annie Hoey says an alternative option of student loan schemes would be a disaster for third-level education.

"We don't believe that young people and our students should be strapped with mortgage-style loans and debt," she said.

Annie Hoey

"We already have the second-highest fees in Europe, and we don't want them to go any higher, we believe that education should be publically funded and accessible to anyone who wants to avail of it."

Email Updates

Receive our lunchtime briefing straight to your inbox

More in this Section

People's Republic of Cork flag to orbit 400km above Earth

Voters in dream wedding competition believed donation was being made to charity

6,500km of piping at risk of bursting, Irish Water warns

Luxury liner bonanza for Port of Cork


Today's Stories

Luxury liner bonanza for Port of Cork

Cabinet unanimous in making Frank Clarke chief justice

People's Republic of Cork flag to orbit 400km above Earth

Call for tougher probes of emergency and asylum housing

Lifestyle

The night sky is a long way from Tipperary

Pulling the strings at Cork Puppetry Festival

When you think of the word cougar, what does it conjure up?

Mobile library on the move to bring joy to Cork communities

More From The Irish Examiner