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Inequality and overcrowding in schools mirrors Irish society - Seán Crowe

30 March, 2005


Sinn Féin Education spokesperson, Seán Crowe TD has said "The inequality and overcrowding in our schools mirrors Irish society as a whole.‰"Deputy Crowe said, "We have a first class economy with a third rate attitude to investment in public services."

He said, "Ireland has the second highest class sizes in Europe despite Government promises. Other countries, inside and outside the EU and without our economic advantages seem to be miles ahead when it comes to public services and in particular education. We have a first class economy with a third rate attitude to investment in public services.

„But it is not just the education sector that is suffering. We have overcrowding in our hospitals due to a lack of investment, we have overcrowding on our buses and trains due to a lack of investment, overcrowding in the housing waiting lists are due to a lack of investment. The inequality and overcrowding in our schools mirrors Irish society as a whole.

„I welcome the recent statements from the Minister for Education and science, Mary Hanafin, regarding extra funding and teachers for disadvantaged areas and special needs. But, unfortunately this investment is not going to solve the problems of overcrowding in our schools. This will be seen by many people as a down payment. The problem will only be resolved when there is a commitment to substantially invest in the education sector as a whole.‰ ENDS

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