Data Protection Commissioner involved after Clare's household-charge 'proof' policy

Fianna Fail's Environment Spokesperson Barry Cowen has written to the Data Protection Commissioner about the controversy over linking household charge payments to applications for third level grants.

Both Clare and South Tipperary County Councils confirmed earlier that the payments of student grants could be delayed or withheld altogether if applicants have not paid the €100 tax.

Many other local authorities - including, South County Dublin and Cavan County Council, have said that they are considering similar actions - of asking people to provide proof that they have paid the household charge - before applying for any local authority grant.

Dozens of third level students held a protest outside the offices of Clare County Council earlier today - in opposition to this move.

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