I would be in a favour of the full reintroduction of fees provided that every student was guaranteed a structured loan package if they secured any 3rd level place.
A special government run student bank, taking money from the national pension reserve fund, could be created. Graduates would pay back this loan upon reaching a certain income threshold if they secure long term employment, those who don't find work could make repayments via social welfare deductions and those that immigrate could face a yearly passport charges.
I argue that these changes would make 3rd level education more accessible to the poorest in our society. The current €2,000 "registration" fee restricts many from entering college. A less publicised problem is the financial difficulty that students face when wishing to pursue postgraduate study. The student bank could offer its facilities to post grads in the same way it would to under grads.
From first-hand experience I have seen some lecturers that are apathetic about teaching and some students that have no serious interest in their own education. If fees were reintroduced students would be compelled into tackling any weak aspects of their education, be it in themselves of their teaching staff.
The current full maintenance grant stands at €3,250 yet one academic year’s on-campus accommodation at UCD costs €5,026, this is blatantly a disgrace. If fees were reintroducing a serious increase in student grants could be afforded. Most students spend money quickly and frivolously, an increase in grants can be seen as a stimulus package of sorts.
While being no longer liable for paying fees, the government could still invest large capital into our colleges. The rest of the World would look on in awe as we keep churning out top class graduates in what is the biggest crisis in our history!