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Coolock Third Level participation rates very worrying –Councillor Denise Mitchell

24 August, 2015 - by Denise Mitchell

Dublin City Sinn Féin Councillor and General election candidate for Dublin North Bay Denise Mitchell has raised concerns at the low participation level of people in Coolock attending Third level education in comparison to other areas of Dublin North Bay and the Country.

Speaking after figures were released from the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) she said,

“I am very concerned that not enough is being done by the Department of Education to encourage or assist those from more working class areas to seek further education.

The figures released from SUSI for the academic year 2014/2015 are very worrying in that it shows there is only a 15% participation rate in third level education in Coolock.  The worst in the country.

This compares to a 60% participation rate in Clontarf. “

She further added,

“These figures would be similar to other years and show no real strategy or commitment has been delivered to get more young people into education in the Coolock area.

This coupled with the real failure of the Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton to ease unemployment in Coolock leaves me very concerned.

If the Government are not provding jobs and in fact losing employment in the area and they are not giving additional assistance for those in Coolock to seek further education then what hope is there for our young people. 

I don’t believe that a plane or a boat is the only option and yet again I am calling on the government to implement a clear strategy for increased employment and education opportunities in the Coolock area. “

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