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Student protesters target third FG TD's office

Eoghan Murphy TD’s office in Ranelagh, Dublin is being occupied by students protesting against third-level grant cuts and increased fees.

Student protesters occupying Eoghan Murphy TD's office in Ranelagh today.
Student protesters occupying Eoghan Murphy TD's office in Ranelagh today.
Image: Free Education for Everyone (FEE)

A GROUP OF students protesting cuts to third-level grants has occupied the Ranelagh constituency office of Dublin TD Eoghan Murphy.

Students from the Free Education for Everyone (FEE) group, which also carried out the occupation of a Fine Gael TD’s office in Galway last week, say they want Murphy to commit to voting against any increase in the student contribution or any cut to the maintenance grant.  They also want the TD to vote against any graduate tax scheme or student loan system.

Several students from NUI Maynooth are continuing their protest in Anthony Lawlor TD’s office in Naas, having entered the office on Friday afternoon. Yesterday, the president of the Maynooth Students’ Union, himself one of the protesters, confronted Lawlor to push the group’s demands.

Lawlor told TheJournal.ie over the weekend that he did not want to call on the gardaí to evict the protesters as he did not want them to get into any trouble or for the protest to negatively impact on their careers.

On Tuesday, a group of students from the USI briefly occupied the Department of Jobs.

Watch: student leader confronts FG TD outside his occupied constituency office >

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