Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

One rule for us, another for EU

In her column (Comment, May 2) Fionola Meredith says Northern Ireland Conservatives have made a "noisy fuss" about lower student fees for Republic of Ireland passport-holders.

To clarify: we certainly do not resent the fact that Irish citizens are getting low rates for university tuition in Scotland, or in Northern Ireland.

Nor do we object to Northern Irish students acquiring Irish passports, whether to avail of free education in Scotland, or for any other reason. We are, however, opposed to a situation where students from different parts of the UK are discriminated against if they wish to study here.

While parents and students are entitled to use the loophole to secure lower fees, it is still shocking that applicants from the rest of the UK are asked to pay higher fees than those from the EU.

ANNIKA NESTIUS-BROWN

NI Conservatives

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