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Crowe joins parents at Education Department protest

10 September, 2003


Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe today joined parents protesting outside the Department of Education, who may be forced to drop out of VTOS run courses due to a government decision to withdraw childcare assistance. More than 1,000 parents are affected by the government decision, which came into force on Monday.

Deputy Crowe said:

"Last week people on VTOS run courses were dealt a body blow when the government announced that it was to withdraw childcare assistance beginning this week.

"It defies logic that courses run by VTOS, the Jobs Initiative and CE schemes, which are designed to bring people back into the workforce, are under attack from the government. The valuable role played by schemes such as these, in communities across the state, is clear for all to see and it is incredible that they are the first to come under the knife with a down turn in the economy.

"One week on we have yet to hear from the Minister and his Department why these cuts are being introduced. I have no doubt that today is the first of many protests by angry and distressed parents who want answers."ENDS

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