Education Minister has anti-rural agenda – Deputy McConalogue

A claim from the Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn that farmers and the self-employed manipulate their incomes to secure student grants has caused anger and concern among rural communities, according to Donegal North East TD Charlie McConalogue.

Speaking on Newstalk Radio, Minister Ruairí Quinn said that up until now the agricultural community were able to quite frankly manipulate their income in a manner in which they could, or their children could, avail of grants.

Deputy Charlie McConalogue has described the comments as misguided and ill-informed, and says they add to fears that the new Education Minister has an anti-rural agenda.....

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