Updated: 27/04/18 : 07:19:04
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Student loan scheme 'off the table' for lifetime of Government

The government appears to have scrapped plans for a student loan scheme.

Junior Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor has told students it's "off the table" while the current government is in place.

Opponents of the "study now, pay later" system say it would heap thousands of euro of debt on students.

Michael Kerrigan from the Union of Students in Ireland says they have been campaigning against it for a long time.

"We had 12,000 students on the streets in October 2016, we had 20,000 students on the streets in 2017, we've had countless meetings with TDs," he said.

"This is welcome news and we're looking forward to more clarity on the statement."