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Clarity needed on Republic's post-Brexit university fees

With less than three months to go until the UK leaves the EU, it is alarming that so many issues remain mired in uncertainty.

Among them is the position of Northern Ireland students who wish to attend university in the Republic.

Those applying for places this year do not know if they will have to pay the current fee of €3,000 (£2,700) a year towards their tuition, in line with students in the south and the EU, or face a figure several times that amount, depending on the degree course.

The Republic's education minister Joe McHugh said he would be looking at a grant scheme for Northern Ireland students for the years following Brexit.

It is not clear why this matter is only receiving government attention at this late stage.

Students making decisions now about their future need to have clarity but we must hope they are not financially disadvantaged because of Brexit.

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