ICMSA To Fight College Grants Charges

The President of ICMSA, John Comer, has promised a ‘teeth and nail’ campaign of resistance against the changes to current Third Level means testing arrangements likely to follow the Government’s decision to set up a Capital Asset Test Implementation Group. Mr Comer said that there could be little doubt that the Group was set up with the intention of changing the criteria measuring eligibility for Third Level grants in a manner that would effectively discriminate against the children of farm families and he added that ICMSA would contact every rural TD in the state and alert them to the obvious implications of such a move.

The President of ICMSA, John Comer, has promised a ‘teeth and nail’ campaign of resistance against the changes to current Third Level means testing arrangements likely to follow the Government’s decision to set up a Capital Asset Test Implementation Group. Mr Comer said that there could be little doubt that the Group was set up with the intention of changing the criteria measuring eligibility for Third Level grants in a manner that would effectively discriminate against the children of farm families and he added that ICMSA would contact every rural TD in the state and alert them to the obvious implications of such a move.

Mr Comer said that there could be little doubt that the group was set up with the intention of changing the criteria measuring eligibility for Third Level grants in a manner that would effectively discriminate against the children of farm families and he added that ICMSA would contact every rural TD in the state and alert them to the obvious implications of such a move.

“Can the Minister of Education at least be frank about what it is he wants? It is perfectly obvious that the desired end here is less farmers’ sons and daughters qualifying for the grants to which they are currently entitled by reason of their parents’ income. In the face of the continuing reality that there are large numbers of farm families with total income below the qualifying criteria, the Government have simply decided to not alone shift the goalposts further down the pitch - but to actually remove them altogether,” stated Mr Comer.