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Minister's response to Crowe on VTOS 'Completely Inadequate'

25 September, 2003

pe he is willing to offer is that is examining the possibility of providing special assistance to VECs that are particularly badly affected. This vague promise is not nearly enough for the men and women who protested outside the Department yesterday to give the Minister an idea of the deep anger within working class communities at the betrayal of parents attempting to get a good education and build a future for their children.

"The Minister must restore childcare support for VTOS participants, and not just in some of the hardest hits VECs but right across the board. It would be extremely unfair if people in one VEC were able to get support and people in another denied it as the Minister seems to be implying might be the way forward." ENDS

Note to Editors: The letter from Minister Dempsey can be faxed to newsrooms on request and digital photographs are available from the protest yesterday outside the Department of Education on Marlborough St. Contact 01 8722609

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