Students, led by the group Free Education for Everyone Galway, are set to march against the planned increase of Third-Level fees to €3000 by 2015 and the abolition of the Postgraduate grant.
The march will take place in Galway on Wednesday, 29 February at 1pm, with participants marching from NUIG’s campus to Eyre Square where they will be met by speakers. It will be part of a National Day of Action held by students across the island, north and south, and will also be focused against cutbacks on primary and secondary level education. Mayo has a strong presence in the city’s student body.
Equality Officer at NUIG Student’s Union, William O’Brien, said that ‘The government’s abolition of the student grant for all incoming postgraduate students is yet another sickening attack by this odious, IMF dominated government on the living standards of young people. Now is the time for students to stand up for their rights and make their voices heard against this insane austerity agenda that is directly attacking students and killing our country’.
‘Measures such as increased school transport charges, cuts to English language teachers for newcomer children and the planned closure of smaller primary schools are all direct attacks on those in primary and secondary education and their families.’ said 1st year Medicine student Evelyn Fennelly. ’I will be marching as I believe individuals from all levels of education need to unite if these vicious cuts are to be defeated’.
2nd year Arts student Sarah McCarthy said ‘This gombeen government and their IMF/ECB puppet masters has sacrificed the youth of the nation at the altar of neo-liberalism. Each and every student must rise up and smash this hated bankers’ government into the ground.’
Free Education For Everyone is a nationwide grassroots campaign dedicated to fighting cutbacks to all levels of the education system as part of a wider campaign against austerity. Recent actions by the Galway branch include the occupation of Deputy Brian Walsh’s office in Bohermore last November, in which 9 activists were arrested, and a blockade of Fine Gael’s pre-budget think-in at the city’s Radisson Hotel last September.
For further information, contact William O’Brien on 086 8683390 , or email firstname.lastname@example.org