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Poll: Should State subsidies to fee-paying schools be cut?

What do you think?

A DISPUTE OVER whether the State’s subsidies for private schools should be cut in the next Budget has split Government opinion.

Labour junior minister Alan Kelly has described the annual subvention – totalling about €96 million – as “a luxury rather than a necessity” and said it would need to be examined as part of the €2.25 billion of spending cuts required in the upcoming Budget.

However, Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has today insisted that not every parent who sends their child to a fee-paying school is “super rich” and that many make huge sacrifices to do so. Varadkar added that closing down such schools would cost the State money, the Irish Times reports.

What do you think – should the State’s subsidies to fee-paying schools be cut?

Poll Results:

No (1461)
Yes (1285)
I don't know (719)

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