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Sinn Féin calls on other parties not to support North Eastern Education cuts

6 March, 2006

Sinn Féin Councillor and Mayor of Moyle District Council, Oliver McMullan, has said that the party's North Eastern Education and Library Board members will not be supporting the Board‚s proposed cuts.


Commenting upon the decision by the Board's Finance group to cut services of almost £4 million Councillor McMullan said:


" This is yet another appalling example of the Direct Rule Administration eroding our education system and just as our colleagues in Belfast rejected proposals to cut services so too will Sinn Féin's representatives on the NEELB.


"The NEELB are proposing to cut over £1/4m from Special Needs education, which in rural areas compounds the adverse impact, while the reduction of over £3/4m from the LMS budget will inevitably lead to the enforced redundancy of teaching staff which will further increase the number of pupils in classes. This Direct Rule Administration is merely paying lip service to special needs services.


"Furthermore the decision to reduce school maintenance by £3million will increase the risk to the health and safety of children and staff. This is unacceptable and on top of reductions to special needs and LMS allocations, it is clear evidence that front line services are being deliberately targeted.


"We should not undermine our own education system by doing Angela Smith's dirty work and Sinn Féin Board members will not be policing this budget for the British Government. We are also calling upon other Political Parties to support us in not enforcing these budget cuts.


"Sinn Féin's NEELB representatives will be refusing to support these cuts and like their colleagues on the other four boards are calling upon all other political parties to support them. We are also calling on the non-elected representatives on the five education boards to join with us and not to police a British budget that is undermining the educational entitlement of our children." ENDS

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