IRELAND: Students protest against third-level fees

More than 30 student leaders protested last week at the Department of Education in Dublin to highlight their opposition to fees, reports the Irish Times. At the protest in the grounds of the department offices on Marlborough Street, student leaders carried posters stating 'Public funding not fees", and chanted "they say cut back, we say fight back".

The students had earlier run past security at the gate but were quickly moved from the grounds by gardaí. Student leader Shane Kelly said students were forced to take action after repeated requests to meet the Minister for Education were ignored. "Students aren't going to be quiet over this issue until the Minister clarifies the situation - we won't accept the reintroduction of fees," he stated.

Minister for Education Batt O'Keefe revealed last month an expert group was examining putting fees back on the agenda.
Full report on the Irish Times site