Speaking today Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education Deputy Jonathan O’Brien welcomed the publication of the USI document on a vision for post-bailout Ireland and said he was keen to see a conversation develop on how we can build a better society.
The Cork North Central TD said;
“For too long, Ireland has been characterised by greed and mé féin-ism. The recession almost put a stop to it, but the government are still keen on pushing policies that exacerbate inequalities in society.
“It is heartening to see organisations such as USI developing documents such as this that will serve as good conversation-starters to discuss the type of Ireland we want to live in.
"Education has been neglected and underfunded historically in this state. Good quality education must not remain the preserve of those with the financial means to access it.
“All organisations promoting progressive ideas about building a better Ireland and attempting to foster debate about advancing an alternative vision for how we achieve equality should be encouraged and it is for this reason that I commend the endeavours of USI in this document.”