Sinn Féin spokesperson for the arts, youth affairs and LGBTQI rights, Senator Fintan Warfield today attended the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) march. 

Speaking afterwards Senator said that the message from students is loud and clear, they don’t want student loans.

Senator Warfield said:

“We have seen the disastrous consequences of student loans in every country in which they have been initiated. In the US, Britain, Australia and New Zealand, all have taken on massive national debt, and created mass indebtedness of our young people.

“Student loans are a sure-fire way to stifle the access of third level to our young people, saddling them with debt early in their careers.

“I commend the USI and Students’ Unions on marching today in their thousands. 

“Sinn Féin support them fully in their call for publicly funded education, and our pre-budget alternative significantly increases public, state support for third level education, reducing the student contribution charge by €500.”