Gogarty’s Claim to Have Protected Education a Bare Faced Lie
Speaking in response to Budget 2011 Sinn Fein Dublin Mid West representative Eoin O Broin has branded ‘Paul Gogarty TDs claim to have protected the education budget as a bare faced lie’.
O Broin said:
‘For the last number of weeks Green Party education spokesperson Paul Gogarty TD has been running a campaign saying that he would ensure that education expenditure would be protected in Budget 2011.His campaign has included high visibility mobile bill boards.
‘However the detail of the cuts imposed on all levels of education funding is truly staggering.
‘Charges on parents with children at all levels of education will increase substantially. University fees will increase by €500 per year. Transport costs will increase from anywhere from €50 to €650 per year depending on family zise.
‘And if these unjustified charges were not enough, the budget also contains across the board cuts to vital areas of education expenditure.
‘Funding for projects aimed at tackling educational disadvantage will be cut by 60%. Funding for drugs task force related education projects will be cut by 63%. Funding for information and communication technology in schools will be cut by 80%. Capital funding for second levels schools will be cut by 20%. Other savage cuts include spending for research and development, teacher education and educational psychology services.
‘These cuts will have a devastating impact on quality of education services across the board. However they will particularly affect young people growing up in disadvantaged areas.
‘The Government could have made other decisions that would not have required cuts to vital front line educational services. They could have introduced a 1% wealth tax on individuals with net assets in excess of €1million. This would have raised more than €1billion a portion of which could have been used to ensure that education funding would not only have been protected but increased.
‘In a recession the only sensible course of action is to increase education funding and opportunities, particularly for those people currently out of work and those growing up in disadvantaged areas.
‘Paul Gogarty TDs claim to have protected education spending is a barefaced lie. He along with his Government colleagues John Curran TD and Mary Harney TD are intent on supporting a budget that is bad for the economy, bad for education and bad for our children’s future." ENDS