End to Treasury subsidy for RoI students

The government has ended the practice of paying course fees for 4,000 students at Northern Ireland Further Education Colleges who live in the Republic of Ireland. The decision was taken after a £8m reduction in the FE budget for Northern Ireland and this move will save £11m. The Irish Department of Education and Science has turned down appeals that they now meet the costs. Students from southern border counties are expected to be particularly effected.