Comment & Analysis

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Op-Ed

Students Need to Carefully Consider the Promises Being Put Forward by Other Parties

Enda Kenny, the Taoiseach and leader of Fine Gael, discusses education as a key driver of economic recovery, and how Fine Gael's jobs plan should matter to students.
By Enda Kenny
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Op-Ed

Those Who Benefit from Graduates Must Contribute to their Third-Level Education

Eamon Ryan, leader of the Green Party, lays out a unique solution to the problems faced by third-level institutions.
By Eamon Ryan
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Op-Ed

Access to a Top-Quality Education Should be Determined by Hard Work, not Ability to Pay

Micheál Martin, leader of Fianna Fáil, explores the failings of the previous government and sets out a plan for more higher education funding, not less.
By Micheál Martin
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Analysis

Economists Agree There’s No Magic Bullet to Fund Higher Education

James Shaw explores different means by which higher education could be funded, beyond a simple yet expensive loan scheme for students.
By James Shaw
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Analysis

Ahead of Friday’s Election, Parties Target the Student Vote with Promises

Party manifestos promise to fund higher education and tackle the accommodation crisis – but few give clear details as to how.
By Sinéad Loftus
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Op-Ed

Labour Will Not Tolerate Destructive, Socially Regressive Education Policies

Joan Burton, leader of the Labour Party, discusses future funding options for higher education that will see the sector thrive.
By Joan Burton
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Analysis

The Political Parties Putting LGBT Issues to the Forefront

Sarah Scales speaks to political parties ahead of the general election on their plans for pushing LGBT issues.
By Sarah Scales
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Contribution

Ireland’s Anti-Establishment Movement May Appeal More to Young People than Traditional Parties

Simon Foy explores the disillusionment with traditional Irish parties and how it may shape the new Dáil.
By Simon Foy
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Op-Ed

We Don’t Have to Live in an Unequal Society

Gerry Adams, leader of Sinn Féin, argues for total reform of the education sector and the elimination of third-level fees.
By Gerry Adams
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Analysis

In Ageing Dáil, Are More Young Voices Needed?

Our society places value on descriptive representation, but young people remain strikingly absent from the Dáil.
By Chris McMahon