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Crowe - School roof collapse highlights scandal of education failure by Government

20 January, 2004

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Education and Science Seán Crowe TD is to raise the continuing scandal of the Government's failure to provide resources to repair St Killians Junior National School in Leinster House next week.

The Dublin South-West Deputy said: "St Killian's, and thousands of schools like it across the state, stand as a monument to the indifference and disinterest of this Government. The school has been on a Department waiting list since 1999 and despite a high profile campaign waged by parents, students and staff, nothing has been done.

"The collapse of the roof over the Christmas break necessitated closing the school for repairs last Friday at a cost of almost €4,000. The roof collapsed before in November of 2002, ironically the same night as the Government was boasting of how much money it was spending on schools in the Estimates.

"Fianna Fáil has failed to deliver for this area and it has certainly failed to deliver for St Killian's. Seven years of this coalition Government has seen massive tax breaks for the wealthy in Irish society while the gap between rich and poor grows and schools across the country that I am familiar with have to deal with everything from rat infestations to dangerously high levels of radon gas to, in the case of St Killian's, the frequent collapse of the roof. Clearly, the Government has a lot more to do, but after seven years, what really has been done?"ENDS

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