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Sinn Féin support INTO call for a political alliance of the left

14 April, 2009 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Education Donegal Senator Pearse Doherty has today welcomed the calls of Declan Kelleher of the INTO for teachers to actively engage in bringing about a government of the left. Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams called for a progressive alliance of the left at the party’s Ard Fhéis earlier this year.

Speaking from the INTO National Conference Senator Doherty said:

“I support the calls of the INTO for cooperation between left wing parties and trade unions. The politics of tweedle dumb and tweedle dee (Fianna Fail and Fine Gael) are flawed and anti public sector.

“Batt O’Keeffe’s cuts over the past six months have ravaged the education sector in this state and left it battered and bruised at the hands of the Fianna Fáil/Green Party government.

“Batt O’Keeffe is totally incompetent. He thinks the answer to this state’s economic woes is to increase class sizes and to deny needy children of their right to an education. The Education Ministers cutbacks have targeted the most vulnerable children in our schools, those from socially disadvantaged backgrounds and those with a disability or special need.

“As my party colleague Minister for Education in the six counties Caitríona Ruane stated in her speech to delegates at the conference, we in Sinn Féin have supported and will continue to support the INTO in their fight against cutbacks. The leadership they have shown over the past six months has been inspirational.

“I understand the frustration and anger that teachers feel and I want to assure them that Sinn Féin is on their side.  We believe in education as a fundamental right. We will not tolerate cutbacks and we will not tolerate attacks on the most vulnerable members of our society. Batt O’Keeffe must go. Fianna Fáil and the Green Party must go. This government must go.” ENDS

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