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Sinn Féin ELB Advisory Forum Offer Minister brief window of opportunity

26 May, 2005

Sinn Fein's 'Education & Library Board Advisory Forum' met last night in Dungannon with newly elected Board Representatives travelling from across the Six Counties to agree on a Campaign Strategy to defend the rights of our children to education, the resources and jobs to meet the needs of our children and in the longer term agree on the type of investment needed to address educational underachievement.

Commenting upon the meeting Michael Ferguson Party Spokesperson for Education, Employment & Learning Said:

"Angela Smith on her new appointment as Minister asked for the opportunity to "resolve the crisis" and Sinn Fein's Education Advisory Forum and newly elected Board Members agreed to allow the new Minister the brief window of opportunity still available to her to do so.

"This morning our Board Members will contact the Chief Executives of all five Boards prior to their meeting with the Minister. We will reinforce our opposition to the budget cuts and stress the risks to the education, health and well being of our children inherent in the cuts.

"We will also lodge Motions through our members to all District Councils seeking the support of all Political Parties in adopting agreed procedures for dealings with Boards and I will join the protest organised by the Unions at Stormont Hotel at 3pm."

Council Motion:
That this Council demand a halt to the proposed cuts in the Education budget, any further cuts and redundancies and that any votes by Education & Library Boards are carried out in a transparent and publicly recorded manner.

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