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Dublin schools hurt by education cuts – Ó Snodaigh

1 September, 2009 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Dublin schools are facing hard times ahead as cuts to education hit home says Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh as the party continues on it’s ‘Leave Our Schools Alone Campaign’ this week.

Speaking today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“Dublin pupils heading back to school this week after their summer break will see the reality of the cuts that have been have been a hot topic of debate over the last number of months. Pupils will find themselves in larger classes, with limited resources in cramped accommodation.

“In Dublin 90 primary schools will lose mainstream teachers and 69 schools will lose their class for children with special educational needs. The estimated job loss is around 170. This will have a huge impact on Dublin schools, the quality of learning and the well-being of vulnerable children.

“Many of these schools are in Dublin’s most disadvantaged areas and, with the cost of sending children to school continuing to rise, more and more parents are finding themselves under immense pressure to find the money needed.

“Parents will be forced to fundraise more for the upkeep of their children’s’ school as the money is simply not there. The reality is that many parents simply cannot afford to do this. Parents are losing their back to school allowances and cuts in child benefit are looming. Many constituents I have spoken to have paid upwards of €800 on uniforms and books etc. which is nothing short of a scandal.

“Our children must not be made scapegoats for the reckless behaviour of this government and their cronies the bankers and developers. It’s time for us to fight back.” ENDS

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