November 28, 2023
Shocking that only half of the 26 counties have a student leap card provider – Mairéad Farrell TD

Today Deputy Mairéad Farrell, spokesperson on Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, said it was shocking that only 53% of counties had a provider of student leaps.

Through information received from a parliamentary question it was revealed that almost have of the 26 counties had no provider of student leap cards, and for those that did this was generally provided through a student union or in a small number of incidents a private agent.

Deputy Farrell stated that at times when students are having to commute longer and longer distances, the fact a significant number have to travel to another country just to receive this card seems ridiculous.

Teachta Farrell said:

“There is a serious lack of coverage when it comes to the provision of these cards. There are multiple counties in every province where the card cannot be printed off at all. Students in counties outside of Dublin are being told to travel there just to pick up there card.

“Counties with no provider at all include: Cavan, Clare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon,  Tipperary, Wexford and Wicklow.”

“The fact that in some of these counties there is already a third level institution which could offer the service, or multiple post offices which could presumably do the same.”

“The problem is for this government that students are often an afterthought.

“This is something that could be fixed fairly quickly it the Minister had a mind to. There’s no shortage of providers in large urban centres like Dublin, but for rural Ireland it’s a very different story.”

“All of this stuff leaves a very bitter taste in the mouth of young people. So when graduation day finally comes they feel like this government and its predecessors have shown them to the door. Decades ago the saying was “get the boat”. Today it seems to be a case of “book a flight”.”

Follow us online

Latest Tweets

In 2017 Simon Harris promised that no child would wait over 4 months for scoliosis-related surgery.

This promise was broken and waiting lists have worsened.

Children deserve better. It's time for change. - @davidcullinane

#TonightVMTV

Every woman and girl deserves to enjoy their life free from misogyny and violence.

We are bringing a motion to the Assembly to make the Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy a priority for all parties.

I am determined to work together with everyone to ensure that all women…

At the Farmers’ Market in Carrick-on-Shannon today. Lovely local products and fantastic people.

I even got a verse of “Hello Mary Lou” before I left 😃

Fermanagh’s own Superintendent Ted Hastings cannot make it to the @WestvilleHotel Hotel tonight, but he is urging you to come along!

Registration is still opened here; https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fermanagh-peoples-assembly-tickets-796880810957

📍Westville Hotel, Enniskillen
🕖7pm
📆22nd Feb

Come along and have your say 🗣️

Load More