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Underhand cuts continue in School Meals Programme under Fine Gael - John Brady TD

21 February, 2017 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Social Protection John Brady TD has said that cuts to the School Meals Programme across primary schools seem to come as news to Minister Varadkar in the Dáil today.

Teachta Brady said:

"During questions to the Minister today, I raised the case of a DEIS school who accidentally discovered on contacting the Department on a different matter, that their Schools Meals funding has been cut from the previous year. 

“This school was not notified by the Department at any point that this cut in funding was happening and this now means that by May they will not have any funding remaining for the rest of the school year. 

“Since I was informed of this I contacted a number of schools who on contacting the Department were informed of this same cut.

“Worryingly, the Minister did not seem to be aware of any cuts in the Schools Meals Programme.

“These cuts have been made in disadvantaged schools and will impact on children who rely on this funding for breakfast and lunch on a daily basis. 

"The Minister was unable to suggest ways in which schools are expected to feed children for the month of June. 

"I would advise all schools in receipt of School Meals funding to check the amount they have received from the Department.

"While the Minister was quick to announce the inclusion of additional schools into the programme this is useless when every child is being cut across the board.

“I have called on Minister Varadkar to ensure that schools in receipt of the School Meals Programme receive 100% funding." 

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