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‘Huge opportunities for All-Ireland co-operation’ – Daithí McKay

14 December, 2011

Sinn Féin’s Education spokesperson Daithi McKay has said:

“There are massive opportunities for enhanced co-operation between the Education services North and South.

The North Antrim MLA was speaking after the latest meeting of the party’s all-Ireland Education Advisory Group consisting of Education Minister John O’Dowd, Dáil Education Spokesperson and Dublin South West TD Seán Crowe, as well as a number of other MLA’s and TD’s and party activists from North and South.

Mr. McKay said “This type of engagement influences and informs the practical, all-Ireland approach which Sinn Féin takes to the work we are involved in, whether it be in Education or any other department or committee.

“This is the latest in a series of North-South meetings which the party has organised to explore areas for enhanced co-operation and to take forward the all-Ireland agenda.

“Our latest discussions focused on a number of areas including the potential for common procurement, joint transport provision, common recognition of teacher qualifications and the progress of the North South co-operation study which is already being undertaken by the two education departments.

“Now more than ever, when both administrations are facing budgetary pressures, this kind of practical all-island co-operation makes sense. By eradicating duplication, we can free up resources to be invested where they are needed most – in the classroom, frontline health provision, delivery of services etc.

“There are many other areas of common work which Sinn Féin will pursue vigorously in the Assembly and the Dáil over the time ahead. There are massive opportunities and I am sure that more and more people will come to recognise the importance of All-Ireland co-operation as the sensible and practical way forward.”

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