No legal standing in the threats to withdraw third-level grant applicantions

A Donegal County Councillor has welcomed confirmation from the Taoiseach that there is no legal standing in the threats made by some councils to withdraw third-level grant applicants because of their family’s non-payment of the household charge.

Yesterday Donegal County Council confirmed it wasn't ruling out asking for proof of household charge payment from third level grant applicants.

While earlier this week it emerged that Clare County Council had written to applicants seeking proof that their family had paid the charge.

But last night Enda Kenny told the Dáil that Clare Councils are not legally allowed to withhold grants from third level students.

Sinn Fein Cllr Jack Murray has welcomed the Taoiseachs comments, but he says these desperate threats shouldn't have been made in the first place...