Cllr Mythen said;
"Student universal support Ireland is the company in charge of processing student grants. This whole new innovative system was supposed to be the panacea of all future student grant applications. Instead we have 66000 applicants in total. Only three thousand and ten have been paid out to date, 25310 are still being processed and a further 25500 are awaiting documentation."
"This was a job that the local V.E.C.s and Co. Councils could do in their sleep. These teachers and civil servants quiet often knew the applicants personally and could go through the application forms on an individual basis, making sure the documentation was correct."
"Minister Quinn's apologies are falling on deaf ears. Parents are at their wits end. Some will have no choice but to take their children out of college. Students are under severe pressure to pay rents and keep themselves fed for the week. This is a prime example of when something is not broken then don't fix it."
"Minister Quinn must act and act fast if he is sincere in providing a state of the art student grant system. He should make sure the company he awards the contract to should be capable of delivering a first class service just like the excellent system we had before."