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Task force for international students established as Eden College creditors meet

A representative body for international students says they want tuition prioritised by liquidators.

Eden College students protest the Department of Education earlier this week.
Eden College students protest the Department of Education earlier this week.
Image: Sam Boal

CREDITORS OF EDEN College, which closed last week, are meeting with liquidators today, as international students continue to protest the closure of a number of colleges.

The Irish Council for International Students (ICOS) says that they hope the liquidator “will put the interests of students to the fore in seeking to recover hundreds of thousands of euro in fees for tuition that students never received”.

Many of the students included have booked and paid but for courses but were still outside Ireland at the time of the college’s closure.

Dave Moore, Communications Officer for ICOS said that students will be attending, representing hundreds left out of pocket.

“ICOS and student representatives will be attending today – carrying hundreds of student proxies – because this meeting is an important first step in what’s sure to take many months to reach its final conclusion.

“It’s clear that there are plenty of students who’ve already given up on Ireland at this stage, plenty more who, feeling desperate for a solution, have spent significant sums with other colleges so as not to miss out on getting what they had already paid for.

“For these students, the liquidation process can offer a little hope that not all of their money will be lost and that, long into the future, it may return to them a fraction of what they spent.”

The announcement of the new task force, which was set up earlier this week to protect international students, was welcomed by ICOS earlier this week.

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