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Fianna Fáil have abandoned education system

3 March, 2009 - by Pat Sheehan, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Speaking this morning from Portlaoise Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams described the governments spend of €113 million on prefabricated school over the last three years as a damning indictment of a government who claim that education is a priority but who in reality have failed to deliver for tens of thousands of children across the state.  

Mr. Adams said:

“Thousands of children across the country have spent their entire primary education in substandard prefab buildings. Clearly this is not likely to change under the current government, nor would it with a Fine Gael led government as Enda Kenny continues to scapegoat the public sector whilst advocating spending cuts and layoffs.

“In response to a Parliamentary Question raised by my colleague Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Education Minister Batt O’Keeffe admitted that there are approximately 25 schools in Co. Laois alone left to educate their children in prefabs.

“How does Fianna Fáil intend to build a knowledge economy if it sees no benefit in investing in the most fundamental tools of education such as school buildings and teacher pupil ratios?

“Sinn Fein believes education is a priority. In government we would frontload infrastructure projects such as a school building programme using money from the National Pension Reserve Fund (NPRF).

“In the Oireachtas today legislation is being passed to pump €7 billion of the Pension Reserve Fund monies into flailing banks. In government Sinn Féin would use this money to invest in Ireland’s future.” ENDS

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