Bad weather and a clash of events were blamed for a less than expected turnout of Sligo students from IT Sligo at yesterday's protest march through the streets of Sligo.
Approximately 200 students braved the torrential rain to take part in the event and highlight their opposition to the proposed hike in fees and cutting of the student's grant in the forthcoming budget.
The protest clashed with IT Sligo's annual Open Day at the Ballinode campus which involved the participation of many students in hosting the popular public day which attracted up to 2,000 visitors.
President of IT Sligo Student's Union, James Dillon told SligoToday.ie, "We sent a very clear message to the politicians today that we are very very serious about stopping any rise in fees or cutting the grant."
With regard to the clashing of the events, Mr Dillon said, "This day was agreed nationally with the USI to coincide with many protests across the country. It wasn't exactly ideal. We are very appreciative of the people who were here and gave us so much support."
He continued, "I'm sure Minister Perry and Deputy McLoughlin will take heed of this. I have meetings arranged with both of them in the coming days and I shall have a few points for discussion with them. We will not be happy if as much as one euro is added as we have been targetted consistently over a fifteen year period with increase after increase. We intend to keep the pressure up," the ITSSU president concluded.
The protest march reaches Sligo's O'Connell St. Photo:Val Robus
Following the march the protesters were addressed by their union representatives from a stage on John F. Kennedy Parade where repeated chants of 'liars' directed at Fine Gael an Labour were to the forefront - see short video below
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