USI slams Ógra Fianna Fail proposal

The Union of Students in Ireland slammed Ógra Fianna Fáil for proposing a Student Loan Scheme at the gates of Trinity College on Friday.

President of the USI, Kevin Donoghue, said “The federal third level loan system did not work in the UK or the USA. It would be impractical and illogical to introduce an already broken loan scheme to Ireland.”

USI said that they believe the scheme would be overwhelming and will intimidate and discourage third level students from applying to college.

Ógra Fianna Fáil, who aims to create a free access system to a good quality education, stated in their proposal that “a new pragmatic approach to the declining third level system is needed.”

USI president spoke out and said “The student loan system crippled the government so much in the UK that they had to sell off the student loan books at the end of 2013.”

They slammed the new proposal by describing it as an unwelcome addition to an already broken loan system that will dissuade and turn students off from entering third level education.

While reiterating the damage this system caused in the UK, Kevin Donoghue said, “It would desecrate Ireland.”

Katie Gallagher

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