As children head back to school after their summer break,
Sinn Féin activists across the country will hold a day of protest in
opposition to the huge cutbacks this Saturday. In Cork, local
Ballincollig SF Rep, Des O’Grady and party Cllrs including Thomas Gould
will hand in a letter of protest to the office of Minister Batt
Speaking ahead of the protest, local SF activist and teacher, Des
“As pupils head back to school after their summer break the cuts that
have been so talked over the last number of months will now come into
force in a very real way. Pupils will find themselves in larger
classes, with limited resources in the same class rooms and prefabs
that have been there for years.
Parents will find themselves now having to fundraise more for the
upkeep of their children’s’ school as the money is simply not there.
The reality is that many parents simply cannot afford to do this.
Parents are losing back to school allowances and cuts in child benefit
are looming. Many constituents I have spoken to have paid upwards of
€800 on uniforms, books etc. this is nothing short of a scandal.
Our children must not be made scapegoats for the reckless behaviour of
this government and their cronies the bankers and developers. It’s time
for us to fight back.
Parents – education cuts impair learning. Lets send a message loud and
clear to the government: LEAVE OUR SCHOOLS ALONE!”
The content of the letter is as follows
We wish to protest in the strongest possible way against the cutbacks
which will now come into affect in schools across the state.
Mainstream, language support and special needs teachers will be lost,
class sizes will increase, resources will be scarce and children will
continue to be taught in overcrowded, dilapidated school buildings. In
secondary schools subject choice will be restricted and measures aimed
at pupil retention such as Leaving Certificate Applied will be lost
Schools simply cannot take anyway more cuts, yet despite this the
findings in the McCarthy report seek to make even further cuts and sack
even more teachers. This, minister is nothing short of a scandal.
As parents and we have already paid huge sums of money just to send our
children to school. The cost of books, uniforms, subscriptions and
other equipment is through the roof and it is likely that more
voluntary contributions will have to be made by parents just to keep
the school afloat.
Minister we are urging you to wake up and reverse your cuts on our
We as parents do not support your cuts and will not accept any further
cuts as proposed in the McCarthy report.
We look forward to your response.
Cork Sinn Féin
For further information contact the Sinn Féin Office on 0214311389l.