From The Irish Times:
The return of third-level fees is no longer being ruled out as the Government seeks to ensure the universities are properly funded, Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe has said.
In a significant policy change, Mr O’Keeffe told The Irish Times that third-level fees were back on the agenda. However he stressed there was no question of imposing new charges on those who could not afford them.
Any new charges would specifically target better-off families and those with incomes well above the national average.