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School should reconsider decision to refuse Traveller Child – Nolan

31 August, 2016

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Education and Skills, Teachta Carol Nolan, has today called on the St John’s De La Salle secondary school in Ballyfermot to reconsider its decision to refuse admission to a traveller boy from the local primary feeder school.

Teachta Nolan said:

“Sinn Féin is very clear that every child has a fundamental right to an education irrespective of class, creed or ethnicity.

“The decision of the school in question to refuse admission to this pupil will severely impact on his ability to secure a secondary education.

“It will also mean that he is prevented from progressing to the next level of his education along with his classmates, all of whom have been accepted to the school in question.

“The fact that the parents are unable to read or write and therefore submitted the application late, should be met with flexibility and compassion.

“I am calling on the Board of Management of St John’s De La Salle secondary school to reconsider the decision to refuse admission and to make every possible effort to provide a place for this young boy to continue his education.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Oireachtas Education Committee in the coming term on Admissions Legislation, which will help clarify admissions procedures for parents and schools and hopefully help prevent situations such as this from occurring in the future.”

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