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Wealthy Irish Landowners get College Grants - While the Poor are Left Out

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A landowning family with €300,000 in their bank account still managed to get a grant to send their child to college, according to revelations in a new book.


Ruairi Quinn's former advisor has told how major flaws in the system meant families with substantial cash assets were still getting state aid. However, he says that attempts by Mr Quinn to change the grant system were shot down by Taoiseach Enda Kenny's officials during a "heated" debate.


The book, 'An Education', by John Walshe, who was Special Adviser to the former Education Minister, says that a government decision taken in 2011 to introduce a capital assets test was never implemented because it was blocked by Fine Gael, who were afraid of the powerful farming lobby.


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