Removal of barriers to Education a priority for Sinn Féin – Carol Nolan TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education and Skills, teachta Carol Nolan, has called on the Government to remove the barriers to education for all children. She was commenting on the vote today on the Equal Participation in Schools Bill 2016.
Teachta Nolan said:
“Sinn Féin has consistently stated our position in relation to the removal of barriers to education so that all children can access their local school on an equal basis.
“Sinn Féin favours an inclusive education system, where the rights of all children are upheld.
“We believe that the spirit of this bill, in the round, seeks to further that objective and we supported the bill at second stage in order to send a clear message that the issue of religious discrimination in school admissions must be addressed.
“We recognise that the wording of part of this bill is unclear and could have unintended consequences for schools, however we are confident these could have been addressed at committee stage.
“Sinn Féin would have engaged with stakeholders and proposed amendments to ensure that the bill did not have any adverse implications for schools and pupils.
“The primary consideration in the debate must be the right of children to receive an education on an equal basis and the Dáil has once again missed a clear opportunity to send a strong signal that any form of discrimination in terms of access to education will not be tolerated.
“The Government must address this issue once and for all and Sinn Féin will continue to take every opportunity to stand up for the right of all children to have equal access to education.”