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O’Brien calls on Government to do more to improve adult literacy

23 September, 2015 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Speaking during National Adult Literacy Awareness Week, Sinn Féin Education spokesperson, Deputy Jonathan O' Brien, said that more must be done to ensure that the one in six Irish adults with poor literacy have access to quality education where they can improve their skills.

The Cork North Central TD said;

“It is shocking that in Ireland, in 2015, one in six Irish adults have been failed by the education system and now have poor literacy and numeracy skills.

“It was heartening this week to hear of adults in their fifties who learned to read at a later stage in life, which demonstrates that if the resources are put in place, people can improve their skills. 

“We all know someone who has literacy problems, whether we are aware of them or not. There are plenty of workplaces where this is commonplace.

“There is a direct link between the income of a person and their literacy skills, with their earning potential massively reduced if they can’t read.

“The obvious conclusion from this report is that it is in the interest of society and the economy for anyone with literacy and numeracy difficulties to improve their skills and their income, and the Government has a responsibility to facilitate this.”

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