December 5 2011.
Students from the Free Education for Everyone (FEE) campaign have occupied the Ranelagh offices of Eoghan Murphy, Fine Gael TD. They are protesting against any cuts to the grant and any increase of third level fees. FEE last week occupied the office of Brian Walsh T.D in Galway, and this is the latest in a series of occupations from students in opposition to education cuts.
The students come from FEE UCD and other branches. The FEE campaign was founded in University College Dublin in 2008, but has branches throughout Irish universities and colleges, including Trinity College Dublin, the Liberties College, NUI Maynooth, NUI Galway and Queens University Belfast. It has in the past carried out a number of high profile occupations against government T.Ds and department buildings.
FEE spokesperson Lorcan Myles noted the groups support for the Maynooth Student Union occupation of Anthony Lawlor’s Naas office, and for last week’s Union of Students in Ireland attempted occupation in the city centre. “There is a need for a mass- campaign that can win, and occupying is one of the best tactics at the disposal of the student movement” he noted. The group expressed is solidarity with all protesting this budget and current austerity measures.
That Deputy Eoghan Murphy vote against any rise in the student contribution or any cut to the maintenance grant, as well any proposals to bring in a graduate tax scheme or student loan system.
FEE also demands in the long-term:
An end to all University fees
A well-funded grant system that reflects the cost of living
A rejection of the Hunt Report
A legislative review of the Universities Act 1997
An end to the neo-liberal restructuring of our economy dictated by the IMF and ECB and as such the immediate removal of these institutions from our economic affairs.
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