Trinity economist predicts cost of student loan scheme to be €10 billion over first 12 years

The claims made by Dr. Charles Larkin were based off analysis of the Cassells Report

Dr Charles Larkin, a Trinity Economics lecturer and research associate, has warned that the student loan scheme proposed in the Cassells Report could cost €10 billion over 12 years. Dr Larkin said Ireland’s higher education system is neither small enough …


Students Against Fees formalise structure & plan future actions

During their meeting, Students Against Fees elected a formal committee and voted to begin preparations for a protest action in the near future.


At a meeting this evening, Students Against Fees outlined their plans for the near future and moved to a more formal structure. The meeting, titled “How we can win in our fight for free education”, was attended by around 20 …


HEAD TO HEAD: Student Loans

Rory O’Sullivan and Elisabeth O’Higgins go head to head on the introduction of student loans


For Student Loans ~ Rory O’Sullivan

“It’s popular in certain circles to say otherwise, but free university fees in a country like Ireland would be a terrible idea, just as they have been in Scotland.”

There is a hole in …


Presidential candidates criticise the SU for failing to support Students Against Fees group despite union mandate

This comes after the majority of candidates signed pledges promising to oppose fees if elected at a small SAF rally on Monday.

NEWSThe current sabbatical officers of Trinity College Dublin’s Students’ Union (TCDSU) have been criticised by some candidates in the SU elections for failing to adequately support Students Against Fees (SAF), a group established to oppose the introduction of student fees

USI election manifesto calls for rejection of loans, repeal of 8th amendment, JobBridge abolition

Broad social proposals feature alongside student centric demands as election season gears up.


The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has today published its Student General Election Manifesto in anticipation of this years voting. The manifesto targets issues faced by students and young people both inside and outside of third-level environments, and in …


Issue of student loans to resurface after dissatisfaction over defeat of Ruane’s motion to oppose them at council

A second motion calling for the SU to oppose student loans is likely.


Following last week’s defeat of a motion calling for Trinity College Dublin’s Students’ Union (TCDSU) to oppose student loans a group of students who are not part of the SU council are considering bringing a second similar motion or referendum


TCDSU votes against motion to oppose student loans

President Lynn Ruane introduced the motion in anticipation of the Cassells report on higher education funding



A mandate proposed by SU president Lynn Ruane at Tuesday’s Council asking the union to oppose student loans was defeated by a small margin.

The mandate was proposed in response to widespread speculation that some form of student loans and