Student protest in Limerick targets Labour Party

Shane O’Riordan

Reporter:

Shane O’Riordan

STUDENTS from Limerick Institute of Technology today marched in protest through Limerick city to challenge proposed cuts to student grants in the coming budget.

STUDENTS from Limerick Institute of Technology today marched in protest through Limerick city to challenge proposed cuts to student grants in the coming budget.

At around 3.30pm this Tuesday, over 100 students from LIT marched through O’Connell Street and around to Hartstonge Street where they congregated outside the office of Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan, TD, who was in Dublin attending a meeting of the cabinet.

Niamh Kavanagh, president of LIT’s student union, headed the protest. She said: “The aim of the march today was to let the Labour Party know that we are not going to stand down any longer as students because if they want to increase fees and cut grants they are absolutely crippling third level education”.

“Students are struggling financially as it is and we just can’t put up with it any longer,” she added.

Gardaí cordoned off certain streets to alleviate traffic and an ambulance crew was also at the scene.