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Doolan - Government cutbacks hit Inner City school

17 September, 2003

Sinn Féin representative in Dublin South East Daithí Doolan has expressed anger and disappointment that government cutbacks in education are starting to take their toll on Dublin's inner city, an area originally protected under the government's own RAPID programme.

Christian Brothers School, Westland Row, Pearse Street has been forced to cutback by 20 hours, despite the fact the Pearse Street community is an area identified as one of the most disadvantaged in the state under the RAPID programme.

Mr. Doolan said:

"To cut teaching hours in an area that can ill afford any cuts, flies in the face of the RAPID programme.

"I am calling on Minister Noel Dempsey to immediately restore the teaching hours as a matter of urgency. The Minister has been promising since he came to office that educational disadvantage would be addressed. If this is his way of dealing with disadvantage then the man needs to resign.

"I have contacted the Minister with a view to discussing the critical situation facing our community. I would hope that Minister Dempsey has the courage to at least meet with those who will be further disadvantaged by his cutbacks."ENDS

A meeting of parents and politicians has been called for tomorrow, Wednesday September 17th at 8pm in Christian Brothers School, Westland Row.

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