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O’Brien welcomes decision to make Schools Trusts accountable to Education Committee

26 February, 2014 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Speaking from Leinster House today, Deputy Jonathan O’Brien welcomed the decision to invite a number of schools trust organisations in to present before the Education Committee on their proposals to close or amalgamate schools across the state.

The Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson said;

“Over the past year I have heard many complaints from parents whose children are attending schools where patrons and trusts have plans to close or amalgamate them with other schools.

“Very often these schools they will be sent to are smaller and simply not equipped to deal with the number of students that will be sent to them.

“Furthermore the consultation processes being undertaken by the trust bodies are flimsy to say the least.

“On this basis, I put it to the Oireachtas Education Committee that these bodies should be brought before the committee to account for the decisions that they are making, given the profound impact they will have on children’s education.

“Included in the bodies that will be invited in to the Committee are the De La Salle Brothers, Edmund Rice Schools Trust, as well as the Bishop of Cork.

“Thankfully the Committee has agreed to this, and it has been decided that the Trusts will be invited before the Education Committee to discuss their proposals to close schools across the state.”

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