The government has decided to allow the Dublin Institue of Technology to award its own degrees.

New grants and upgrading the status of the Institutes of Technology all formed part of the Fianna Fáil Education Policy announced by Minister for Education Micheál Martin. The policy also includes the continuation of free tuition fees.

The move to allow Institute of Technology colleges to award their own degrees was welcomed by students and the college authorities. Dr Brendan Goldsmith of the Dublin Institute of Technology says it will give them

The opportunity to put forward our own brand of degree.

Ahead of the forthcoming general election Carole Coleman also speaks to students John Curran of St Patrick's College Drumcondra and Cliona O'Neill from University College Dublin about the issues that are important to students when choosing how to vote.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 30 April 1997. The reporter is Carole Coleman.