Trinity College has reversed plans to introduce a €450 charge for students who need to resit exams.

The decision follows a period of student protest at the college in opposition to the move.

The protests included the occupation of Trinity's 18th century Dining Hall as well as the blocking of exits and tourist access to the Book of Kells.

That protest was ended earlier this month. 

The decision has been welcomed by the college's Student's Union.

In a statement the college said it had agreed to return to the status quo, with no charge for supplemental examinations. 

It said a committee of students and college officers would now examine alternatives to the proposal and report back in a year's time.

College Provost Dr Patrick Prendergast said he looked forward to "continuing the dialogue with student representatives to find a solution to the issues confronting Irish higher education," taking into account fairness to students as well as the College's financial position.