No more education cuts – Doherty
Speaking from Galway where he was attending both the INTO and ASTI national conferences, Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty criticised Coughlan's failure to guarantee the protection of the education sector from any further cuts. Doherty said such cuts would further erode the quality of learning that our children receive and would be detrimental to a sector which has already been the target of vicious and unfair budget cuts.
“I commend the teachers’ unions in their fight for equality in education. The past two years have been hugely tough for teachers and students alike. Our education system has borne the brunt of a government headstrong in its attacks on public services and public sector workers. Teachers and teachers unions have been to the fore of resisting these cuts and I commend them.
“Mary Coughlan’s words today were clear. She did not commit to protecting the education system from further cuts. Rather, she is committed to carrying out her party's agenda. She knows what the sector has had to endure and she knows the effect that cutbacks have had on the quality of learning children are receiving. To announce that further cuts are possible is nothing short of a scandal.
“Minister Coughlan is new to her role. She has an opportunity to reverse the cuts and build an education system based on equality instead of ability to pay. I am asking her to think twice about her announcement today. I am asking her to do the right thing and stand up for education.”