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Minister Cannon’s comments an insult to hard working parents – Ellis

28 June, 2011 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin Transport spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has described comments by Junior Education Minister Ciaran Cannon that parents need to pay for their children’s school transport bill as “insulting and condescending.”

The comments made at by Minister Cannon were in reference to the governments move to cut funding to the Rural Transport Networks school service and continue with Fianna Fáil plans to charge parents up to 650 euro a year for their children’s transport.

Deputy Ellis said;

“Mr Cannon’s comments were nothing short of insulting and condescending. Who does he think pays his wages, who does he think is paying for the Rural Transport Network? It is the very parents who he targets.

“Hard working families who have been hit by cuts in services, wage cuts and tax hikes are struggling and they do not need to be charged twice to send their children safely to school.

“Fine Gael and Labour have once more rowed back on a pre-election pledge, this time on the expansion of the Rural Transport Network. They have sought to continue with Fianna Fáil’s policy and it will be the ordinary people who are fighting to make ends meet who will suffer.”

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