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Cooperation between political parties is needed to reverse cuts in Education

6 June, 2005

Sinn Féin's Spokesperson on Human Rights, Equality and Women Caitríona Ruane MLA believes all political parties must act collectively to resist the attempts of Direct Rule Ministers who are implementing policies that will decimate the budgets of Education Boards across the North.

Ms Ruane said: "Sinn Féin is taking a very proactive approach in its campaign to protect the rights of our children who cannot be denied a proper education because of cuts imposed by unaccountable Direct Rule Ministers.

"This week we will be writing to over 130 schools across South Down in an attempt to document how cuts to the budgets of ELB's are impacting on individual schools. We are also setting up meetings with the CEO's of the SEELB and SELB and will be contacting a number of Trade Unions to ensure we are providing the most effective representation on this issue.

"Sinn Fein and the DUP have the largest number of nominees appointed to the Education Boards and it is crucial political parties, regardless of their ideological differences, work together to ensure a unified position on this issue. I welcome therefore, this week‚s decision by the DUP on Lisburn City Council to incorporate an amendment to their motion from Sinn Fein which calls on Angela Smith to halt the proposed cuts in the Education budget.

"Hopefully we can achieve the same level of cooperation in the three Council areas which cover the South Down constituency. Our opposition to these cuts will be most effective if we work together. ENDS

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