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Doolan calls on Minister to refurbish historic school

23 May, 2004

Sinn Féin Representative for Dublin South East, Daithí Doolan, speaking today in Pearse Street, has called on Minister for Education Noel Dempsey, "to refurbish the historic Christian Brother's school in Dublin's Pearse Street. This is the Christian Brother‚s school which was attended by two of our greatest patriots, Padraig and Willie Pearse. Yet in recent times it has fallen into disrepair. In light of the refurbishment that is taking place in the surrounding community, it is important that this unique school also benefits from government funds."

Mr. Doolan said,:

"I have visited the school and spoken with parents, pupils and teachers and one thing is clear, the conditions in which pupils are forced to learn are wholly inadequate and it's time that this government invest in the education and future of young people here in the inner city.

In any other country this school would have been returned to it‚s former glory, providing education in this unique building, but this government and in particular the Education Minister appears to want to let a historic institution fall into further disrepair and in turn undermine the future of our young people. It appears that Fianna Fail would rather forget our past in order to cut corners in government spending.

Mr. Doolan concluded by calling on the Minister "to do justice to Padraig Pearse's memory and the future of young people in Pearse Street and immediately release funds to repair and upgrade this school." ENDS

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