Posted tagged ‘Eamon Ryan’

Fees, grants, loans: PS

July 12, 2009

Interviewed today on RTE television, the Minister for Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, indicated his willingness to consider the introduction of a student loans framework to help fund higher education. He said that any such framework needed to be structured in such a way so as not to discourage or prevent those from disadvantaged backgrounds from taking third level courses, and also needed to provide a more stable funding system for universities and colleges.

The Minister’s statement is significant because it may suggest that the Green Party is willing to support the proposal likely to be made to the cabinet by the Minister for Education and Science; the position of the Green Party had been the subject of some speculation, particularly in the light of the Party’s previous opposition to tuition fees. The Minister’s caveats in the matter seem entirely sensible.

However, my earlier point remains: the discussions around this need to involve the universities and colleges – they should not be bystanders as their future financial viability is debated.