Clare Saint Vincent De Paul insists the government must ensure there are no barriers to education for low-income families.
A new SVP survey shows that 87% of parents had to cut back on spending to pay secondary school voluntary contributions.
The average voluntary contribution was €140 per child, but parents surveyed found themselves paying anywhere up to €550.
Clare SVP President, Denis Carty has been telling Clare FM’s Seán Lyons that many families in Clare struggle to pay voluntary school contributions.
You can listen to the full interview below.