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O'Brien says Government must do more than supply flags to schools

15 September, 2015 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Speaking following the launch of the Government’s “Flags for Schools” programme this week, Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Deputy Jonathan O’Brien said that while he welcomed the Government’s willingness to engage in a symbolic commemoration of 1916 through the presentation of national flags to schools, he said that they also must truly commemorate the ideals of the Proclamation by ensuring that adequate funding was supplied to schools so that all children of the nation are cherished equally.

The Cork North Central TD said;

“Sinn Féin welcomes the Government’s willingness to engage in the commemoration of 1916 by presenting our national flag to schools, but it is important to note that this is a symbolic initiative.

“If the Government are to truly commemorate the ideals of the Proclamation, they must ensure that schools are resourced adequately in the forthcoming budget.

“Over the past number of years, we have seen children lose SNAs and resource hours. We have seen children go through their whole education in prefab schools and schools struggle to pay for heat and light because their capitation grants have been cut.

“In order to cherish all children of the nation equally, it is essential that while the state delivers flags to schools, they also deliver real change to our education system in the form of adequate funding for decent education for the children of Ireland.” 

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