Fianna Fáil Senator Robbie Gallagher says the Minister for Education should examine the harsh red tape surrounding the SUSI qualifying criteria which has delayed some applications this year.  

Senator Gallagher was commenting following the passing of his proposal at a recent meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Education Committee.

He said, “Students are losing out on third level education grants due to the strict criteria under which they can apply. While I am all for ensuring no one takes advantage of the scheme we need to see some fairness brought to the SUSI application process.

“The Minister and his Department have time to now review the application process to ensure applications are dealt with in a timely manner.

“Third level education under Fine Gael is failing. Recently, university rankings have been published which seen Ireland’s only top 200 university, Trinity College, fall by 44 places. After eight years of inaction on third level funding, poor performances in university rankings now seem like an inevitability.

“The Minister has to look at how strict the application process can be, review the arrangements and bring some fairness to families trying to put their children through third level education when the next round of applications come in,” he concluded.