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Sinn Féin will confront British Education Minister and support other political parties

23 March, 2006

Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Michael Ferguson will lobby the SEELB Meeting this morning at 10am to show support for those who are prepared to refuse to implement cuts to education services and to lobby those who remain undecided.

Michael Ferguson said:

"I and others will on one hand be lobbying undecided SEELB members who may feel intimidated or threatened by the British Secretary of State‚s bullying yesterday and on the other hand demonstrating support for those committed to defending our education system.

"This Direct Rule Minister is not worried about the education of our children or he would not be threatening us to make cuts and he does not care about staff not being paid wages because he wants us to force staff into redundancy.

"We have political unity on the BELB and the SEELB should be joining in the opposition. Sinn Féin will be telling Direct Rule Education Minister Angela Smith at the scheduled 12.30pm meeting today at Castle Buildings that we will not be doing her government's dirty work because we would be in breech of our civic and our statutory duty." ENDS

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