29 January 2001
Dublin City Council asked to back student grants campaign
Sinn Fein councillors are asking Dublin City Council - the largest local authority in Ireland - to support the campaign for increased third-level student grants.
Sinn Fein Councillor Larry O'Toole (Artane) has tabled a motion to next week's [Monday 5 February] meeting of Dublin City Council seeking backing for the Union of Students in Ireland in their call for the doubling of third-level grants from the current rate of £49 per week.
Cllr O'Toole said:
``Four out of ten students have to work at least 20 hours a week on top of their full-time studies to try and make ends meet. Forty-nine pounds barely covers the cost of rent nowadays - how can anyone live on that?
``Students today are the workforce of tomorrow, not just for the Celtic Tiger in technology, business and industry but in healthcare and public services. Investing in education now - across all the sectors - is investing in the future of the country and our people.''
Sinn Fein has also called for the Government to introduce special measures to increase student accommodation as part of a programme to address the overall housing crisis.
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