Today we’re here to listen to four
representatives from some of the major parties in the general election. We want
to hear about their thoughts for higher education. We want to understand
how their policies will impact on our students over the lifetime of the next
Dáil. Here with us today we have Fine Gael’s senator Maria Byrne.
We have Green Party Councillor Brian Leddin, we have Aontú’s Michael Ryan and
we have Labour’s Jan O’Sullivan. We want the participants of the debate and the
audience to come away with a better understanding of the priorities for
higher education and the likelihood of policies coming from the parties that
will actually positively impact our students but also our researchers into
the next four or five years. It’s vital that students understand that policies
have a direct impact on their welfare and it’s really vital the students
understand that their voice is what needs to be heard in the coming debate
and particularly on February the 8th in the general election. Every student needs
to get out and register and vote and become the powerful political force that
we know that they should and could be.