What needs to Change

Citizenship ceremony 2012Minister Ruairi Quinn has committed the Department of Education to bring about equality of access to education through addressing anomalies within the system.  It is vital that young immigrants who joined their parents under family reunification are not left out of this programme of education reform.  The current situation requires immediate action in the form of simple administrative changes to policy and procedures in the administering of free fees initiatives and higher education grants.  Passage of a fair and comprehensive Immigration Residence and Protection Bill will in the longer term provide a solution for future generations. Finding a solution to this problem will enable this generation of diverse young people to participate and contribute to society and to Ireland’s economic recovery.