Intellectual capital: Can the government afford to cut fees, increase grants and provide hundreds of millions more for third-level funding?

The government admitted last week that the third-level sector was underfunded to the tune of €307 million a year, and promised to rectify this over the next three budgets. But where will the money come from?

Criodáin Ó Murchú: the master’s student had to work 24 hours a week in addition to completing 40 hours of study on his course, just to survive financially. Picture: Tom O’Hanlon