Mr O’ Súilleabháin said;
"Minister Ruairi Quinn's very public support for the initial decision taken by Clare County Council to withhold college grants for children of household tax boycotters was sickening and a startling revelation of the true ethos of the current Labour party. Mr Quinn was so busy cheerleading the crude bully tactics that he forgot to realise that it would be a clear breach of the rights of the applicant who must be independently assessed for a grant."
"Mr Quinn and his Labour party colleagues seem to also have forgotten the claim their party made to represent the interest of ordinary citizens before all else. Clearly this claim is now void of any credibility."
"The Labour party has shamed itself and has obviously betrayed the mandate it was given by its voters at the last election. They certainly did not vote for the intimidation of college students."
"Pressures are certainly being placed on county councils across the state to take radical measures in relation to the collection of the household charge. Sinn Féin would urge Wexford County Council not to follow suit, not only because the household tax is a totally unjust charge that has been democratically rejected by the majority of the electorate, but because they took an oath to serve the people of Wexford."
It's beyond time that politicians like Minister Quinn, and those Clare County Councillors who sought to bully the parents of students into submission, remembered that they exist to serve the electorate, not the other way around."