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High Court quashes student appeal over grants

Three students have their lost their appeal to the High Court over changes made to the third-level grant system in recent years.

The case was taken by the students over cuts to their grants.
Maedbh McCarthy, a student at NUI Galway; Robert Johnson, studying at Dundalk IT and Iesha Rowan, a mature student at Galway-Mayo IT, brought the case.
All say they have suffered losses ranging from more than €2,000 to nearly €4,000 as a result of changes brought in by the last Government, but implemented last year.

The court has heard that students now have to live at least 45 kilometres away from their college to qualify for a long-distance grant. The limit used to be 24 kilometres.

The students taking the action claimed the change is “unfair and unjust”.

The students took the case with the support of the Union of Students in Ireland. They have all have had their grants cut as a result of changes made in Budget 2011.

They had argued that they had a legitimate expectation that their grants would not be cut severely. However the High Court rejected their arguments.

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