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Leonard supports University crèche campaign

10 August, 2009

Sinn Féin Coleraine Councillor Billy Leonard says he “wholeheartedly supports” the campaign by students and staff at the University of Ulster to save their crèche facilities.

There are grave concerns that a review and equality impact assessment is the pre-cursor to a radical change by the University.

Cllr Leonard said:

“This crèche facility has helped many people progress their studies and careers for 35 years now and has been a resounding success.

“My youngest child was looked after there as my wife returned to study some years ago. Those studies were central to my wife’s work since so we have personal knowledge of the care and commitment of the staff there and how vital the crèche is.

“If the University was to terminate the facility or introduce an unworkable voucher system it would be a disaster for workers’ livelihoods, University students and staff. It would also totally contradict the University’s claims for inclusion as many of the more marginalised in society will only be able to return to studies if crèche facilities are available.

“A number of representatives met with parents and committee members last week and we have agreed various actions to help their campaign. I wholeheartedly support them.” ENDS

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