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Sinn Féin call for further teacher negotiations – O’Brien

2 March, 2015 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Speaking from Cork today, Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Deputy Jonathan O’Brien today called on the Minister for Education and teacher unions to go back in to discussions to resolve the ongoing dispute on the reform of the Junior Cycle.

 The Cork North Central TD said;

 “Parents and students will be relieved to hear that there are no plans for a third day of strike action as we get closer to exam time, but this issue needs to be resolved as a matter of urgency.”

 “The Minister will not succeed in ramming through a reformed Junior Cycle in the absence of co-operation from teachers and it would be unreasonable to expect parents and students to have faith in the reforms should that be the approach she takes.”

 “I am calling on the Minister to go back and speak to the unions again and listen to their concerns and desist from floating the idea of sanctions and penalties in order to scare teachers in to agreement.”

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