Senators criticise proposal for student loan scheme

Independent Marie-Louise O’Donnell says the idea is ‘absolutely outrageous’

Independent Senator Lynn Ruane has defended the idea of free third-level education in the Seanad. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Independent Senator Lynn Ruane has defended the idea of free third-level education in the Seanad. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The proposed introduction of a third-level student loan scheme has been criticised by Independent Senator Marie-Louise O’Donnell.

“The idea of asking students for loans . . . and the way the banks have treated graduates and undergraduates in this country, is absolutely outrageous,’’ she said. “You could not write it down.’’

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