Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Brendan Smith has hit out at the Government’s latest u-turn. 


He commented, “Yesterday the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn falsely claimed that he is breaking his election pledge on third-level fees because of “new facts” which have emerged.  The real fact is that the budget figures are actually better today than on the day he signed his pledge.


“The Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said that the budget is “better than on target” and the new pension levy means that, after limited cuts in some taxes, there is €200 million more than previously planned available to the Government.


“Ruairí Quinn is breaking his pledge purely and simply because it was a cynical election gimmick designed to win student votes, and no amount of spin and bluster can cover this up.”