Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue has welcomed an initiative by Trinity College Dublin to increase its intake of students from Northern Ireland. The prominent university is aiming to enrol 300 students a year, which would make up around 8% of total student numbers.
Deputy McConalogue commented, “This decision by Trinity College Dublin is very welcome. The move to change the college’s admission criteria will make it more accessible to students in Northern Ireland who up until now found themselves excluded by the university’s strict 4 A-Level policy. It is Fianna Fáil’s view that greater participation of third level students from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in each other’s institutions is an important part of developing a constructive cross-border agenda.
“Trinity College has a long tradition of Northern participation. Prominent Northern figures with strong links to the university include former President Mary McAleese, the Attorney General John Larkin and the current Lord Mayor of Belfast Cllr Nichola Mallon.
“The number of students from Northern Ireland attending the institution had been in decline, but hopefully the introduction of this initiative will see an increase in applications to the college and allow it continue a proud tradition of being a university with truly nation-wide links.