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Sinn Féin All-Ireland Education Team meet in Stormont

19 January, 2010 - by John O'Dowd

Members of Sinn Féin's All Ireland Education team met in the Assembly this week to discuss education matters pertaining to all parts of Ireland and as to how to improve All Ireland working to create a more effective and efficient education system.

Present were Caitríona Ruane MLA who is Minister in the Six County Executive, Senator Pearse Doherty, Michelle O' Neil MLA and John O' Dowd MLA.

Speaking after the meeting John O' Dowd said:

"An All Ireland education system is an essential component in building towards a sustainable economy. It makes no sense what so ever to have 2 education systems operating back to back on an Island of six million people.

"Along the artificial border especially we need to open up the education systems and remove the false barriers to mobility of pupils and teaching staff. Educational planning such as school's estate, examinations and curriculum should be done an All Ireland basis.”

Concluding Mr O Dowd said;

“Today's engagement was part of our planning for the future development of an education system fit for an Ireland in the 21st century moving beyond partition towards education for the pupil, the economy and society.” CRÍOCH

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