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Crowe supports calls for reversal of cuts to Traveller education

24 May, 2011 - by Seán Crowe TD

Sinn Fein’s Education Spokesperson in the 26 counties, Deputy Séan Crowe, has supported calls by Fr Derek Farrell for a postponement and review of last year’s budget cuts to Traveller education.

Deputy Crowe, who has submitted a number of questions on the matter to Education Minister Ruairi Quinn, believes the most vulnerable sections of society are facing the brunt of cuts to essential frontline services.

He continued: “Fr Derek Farrell is correct when he says it was ‘staggering’ that the Department of Education had targeted two thirds of the cuts in teaching posts at Travellers.

“The benefits of having specialised teachers teaching children from Traveller families cannot be overstated and the loss of an estimated 800 posts to Traveller education at primary and post primary level will be devastating.

“These regressive polices will have the greatest impact on children who need additional support in order for them to reach their full potential. If these cuts are implemented,” Cllr Crowe continued, “then much of the progress made in supporting Traveller children will be lost as will be their right to obtain a decent education.” ENDS

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