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Cost of school proposals need to be considered by government - Kathleen Funchion TD

9 August, 2018 - by Kathleen Funchion TD

Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Kathleen Funchion TD today published a document outlining the party's proposals on the cost of education in this country, asking the government to consider them in the upcoming Budget.

Deputy Funchion said:

“Our so-called free education system is crippling parents. The financial burdens of uniforms, books and ‘voluntary contributions’ are forcing parents into debt, and more than ever are now resorting to moneylenders.

“Sinn Fein believes, as is recognised by the UN and our own constitution, that education is a fundamental human right. This means it should be free and accessible.

"The current system is placing insurmountable barriers in the way of children of low and middle income families and is unfair.

“Drawing on recent reports by Barnardos, Zurich and the Irish League of Credit Unions it is very clear this document shows clearly that parents are stressed, overburdened and under pressure.

"We will be launching a bill in the next Dail term hoping to regulate the so-called ‘voluntary contributions’ and today, I call on Minister Bruton and the government to support this bill.

“Education should be free and the state should be working with parents to help them give their children the best possible opportunities.” 


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