Labour pledge €500 cut in student fees if re-elected

Labour has committed to cutting student fees by €500 if re-elected to government.

It is part of a range of promises for higher education including providing 100,000 free part time education places.

The party had promised during the 2011 election campaign to not raise student fees and subsequently increased them to €3,000 a year once in Government.

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said that the resources were not available at the time to fund the cost of third level education.

“I would certainly hope that as resources become available we’ll be able to provide more resources into our third level system in Ireland,” said Burton.

“To make college an experience again that everyone who wants to go to college and qualifies to go to college will be in a position to do that.”


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