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Government must properly resource Gaelscoil Portlaoise - Doherty

4 December, 2007

Sinn Fein Senator Pearse Doherty has this evening described the lack of facilities in Gaelscoil Portlaoise as a shameful indictment of this government’s failed policies education.


Following his visit to the Gaelscoil Senator Doherty said:


“The school’s classrooms are made up of eight prefabs and this has been the case for the last 9 years. To add insult to injury the rent for prefabs and land is €180,000 per annum, all of which is paid to a private landowner. This amount is set to increase.


“The school has no physical education, library or computer facilities.


“A permanent site with fully resourced school building is urgently needed. The existing prefabs are over crowded, and forty families have expressed an interest in enrolling their children in the school in the next school term but will have to be turned away unless conditions change.


“Access to full resourced educational facilities in a country like Irelandshould not be a privilege, it must become a right. It is a shameful indictment of this government that any of the nation’s children continue to be taught in prefabs. 


“Local Sinn Féin Councillor Brian Stanley has continued to raise the deplorable conditions of the school at VEC and Council level. Following today’s meeting Sinn Féin will raise the matter with Minister Hanafin in the Dáil.” CRÍOCH


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