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Doherty welcomes announcement that Dublin is to be European City of Science

25 November, 2008 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin Senator and party spokesperson on education, Pearse Doherty has welcomed the announcement yesterday which saw Dublin being selected as European City of Science for 2012. A year-long programme of science events will be held, with thousands of people invited to attend an international festival of science in June 2012.

Senator Doherty said:

"I welcome this announcement. It is a great honour for Ireland's Capital City to hold this title and indeed Ireland has made great strides in the field of science over the years.

"However it should be recognised that recent Government cutbacks in the field of education and science will have detrimental affects on the teaching and diversity of certain subjects including science.

"Recent attacks on the education system have seen the abolition of grants towards the leaving cert applied and transition year programmes as well as removal of grants towards physics and chemistry. This coupled with the fact that many of our secondary schools will lose a number of teaching posts in the new year as a result of the increasing class sizes and the removal of discretionary teaching posts will further reduce the diversity of the Irish education system, a diversity which has contributed greatly to the creation of an adaptable workforce, which in turn is necessary for the renewal of economic prosperity.

"While welcoming this announcement I would call on Fianna Fáil and the Green Party to reverse these cuts on education and to show the people of Europe that Dublin is indeed a city of science. Until this is done, Dublin will be a city of science in name only." ENDS

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