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Hanafin admission on class sizes. Not surprised at another failed promise - Crowe

8 November, 2004

Sinn Fein spokesperson on Education, Sean Crowe TD, has said he is not surprised that the Government's promise to cut class sizes will not be met.

Speaking in response to the Minister for Education and Science, Ms. Mary Hanafin's admission that the Government's promise on class sizes is now only a pipedream Deputy Crowe said, "I am appalled but not at all surprised at Ms. Hanafin's admission. This is yet another in a long line of election promises that the Government has broken. Decent education should be a right and not a privilege.

"One hundred and eighty thousand children under the age of nine are being taught in classes of over twenty. The reality of this is that these children are not receiving enough attention to keep up with the curriculum. The Government promised to cut classes to twenty by 2007. We now know that this is not going to happen and that it is merely a pipedream of the Minister and her Government. I'd like to ask the Minister how long she thinks these children will have to wait for a decent education or will they receive one at all.

"Clearly as is the case with healthcare this Government is high on promises but short on delivery despite the fact the their coffers are overflowing as a result of ten years of a booming economy. This Government needs to get its priorities right. Education and Health should be top of that list. There can be no excuses for failing to deliver on these crucial aspects of life." ENDS

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