28 August 2015

Minister of State for New Communities, Culture & Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD has welcomed the announcement by the Minister of Education Jan O’Sullivan TD, that students in the Protection System (who are not the subject of a Deportation Order) will gain access to student supports from September.

Speaking following the announcement, the Minister of State said:

"I commend Minister O’Sullivan for devising a scheme that will allow students who have sat their Leaving Certificate here and spent five years or more in the Irish School System to gain access to student supports.

“The new proposal will be administered on a pilot basis in line with the current Student Grant Scheme. This will allow the small number of students affected by this annually to plan their lives in a similar way to their peers.

“Previously we have seen situations where students in the Protection System received extremely high points but were unable to progress their education because they couldn't access supports. I am glad to see that from September onwards, this will no longer be the case.

“This proposal was one of the recommendations of the McMahon Report into the Protection Process which was recently published and brought before cabinet for consideration.”