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Government's decision to cut €54 million from Education Capital Spend must be reversed

7 April, 2009 - by Pearse Doherty TD


Sinn Fein Senator Pearse Doherty has described the government’s decision as to cut the school building programme budget as morally reprehensible. The government this afternoon announced a €54 million cut in Education and Science capital expenditure including €30 million from the primary and post primary school building programmes.

The Donegal Senator said:

"Over the last three years the government has spent €113 million on prefabs. The Education Minister has projected a further spend of €48 million on prefabs for 2009. The annual average cost to the Department for each prefab is €12,500.

"The reality for thousands of children across the country is that they will have spent their entire education in substandard accommodation. There is an urgent need to expand school capacity to meet the 100,000 additional pupils who will enter primary school over the next decade.

"Just last February the government acknowledged that additional monies needed to be earmarked for the school building projects yet they have now backtracked deciding instead to actually cut the budget. Currently there are 1,400 schools on the school building waiting list. How many of these will now face even longer delays on foot of the governments emergency budget?" ENDS

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