Here's a letter to the Sunday Independent from August 29th, 1999, age 16. It's in duplicate form at http://www.independent.ie/opinion/letters/a-university-freeforall-520339.html
As a fifth-year vocational school student of working-class background, I am appalled by Miss Synon's selfish views on educational privatisation. Education is an entitlement for all, equally true for third-level as it is for primary school. Without nationalised colleges thousands are denied liberty to learn. Private colleges are simply unaffordable.
Dermot Looney, D12.