In a June article, Talk of the Town reports that the place where I study, Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT), has suffered massive cuts to its funding. This is placing a huge strain on staff, who struggle to continue doing their jobs with less money, but more students. A saving of €31,200 would no doubt be welcomed, even if it’s just a drop in the bucket, it’s a drop that can pay for an extra staff member, or for upgrades to ageing equipment, or for a number of other needs.
Instead, €30,000 of that money is spent on sparing Catholic students a journey of 1.1km. That is how far they’d have to travel to get to the nearest Catholic church. You can walk that in about two minutes. Should the student not want to walk, they can instead hop on the local bus. If they get the Halpenny service, the bus will literally drop them directly in front of the entrance of St Patrick’s Cathedral.
If students are Presbyterian, DKIT cares a lot less, but they still care. They pay €1,200 to a minister from that church to be on standby to rush over so anyone belonging to their organisation won’t have to travel the horrifying distance of 3.3km to reach the nearest of their churches. Should they take that same Halpenny bus, they’d have to walk roughly 260m from where the bus drops them to their church. Can’t have that, now. Let’s pay for the minister to travel to campus!
If you’re a member of any other religion, DKIT doesn’t give a crap how far you have to travel to see one of your priests/ministers/overlords. Fuck you, student, there’s this thing called a bus. Only Catholic and Presbyterian stuents are considered too stupid to take one.