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Labour education policy promises are hard to believe - Louise O’ Reilly

16 February, 2016 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin candidate for Dublin Fingal, Louise O’ Reilly has spoken out against the hypocrisy of Labour after the launch of their education policy today, saying:

“Labour are launching their education platform this morning with great fanfare. It’s an absolute joke. Under Labour, who held the education ministry for the last five years, we have seen greater inequality in education and greater costs. 

“Labour have no regard for the struggles of ordinary working families. It’s a sad fact that one in five parents have to get loans just to cover the cost of secondary school. Costs for third level education have now risen beyond the reach of many school leavers.

“All the while Labour have continued to subsidise private schools with millions in taxpayers’ money. When you contrast this to their cuts to basic provisions such as the Back to School Clothing Allowance and the School Book Grant Scheme, it is hard not to conclude that their interests are tied with the most privileged in society

“Sinn Féin values education as the cornerstone of a healthy and vibrant democracy. It must be free, equal and accessible to all. If elected to government, we will shrink class sizes, increase funding to the Schools Meal Funding and the School Books Grant Scheme as well a the Back to School Clothing Allowance. 

“We will provide an additional 1,450 Special Needs Assistants, reduce the pupil-teacher ratio in DEIS schools as well as abolish student fees over a term of government. We believe that education should be available to everyone on the basis of full equality, not ability to pay.”

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