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Calleary appeals to Mayo TDs to oppose special needs cut

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Fianna Fáil Deputy Dara Calleary is appealing to the Fine Gael TDs in Mayo to oppose another dramatic reduction in teaching supports for children with special needs. The Dáil is to debate a Fianna Fáil motion this week, calling for a full reversal of upcoming cuts to resource teaching hours.  Deputy Smith is urging the Fine Gael Deputies in the Mayo constituency to ‘do the right thing’ and ensure that this damaging cut, which will hit every school in the constituency, does not go ahead. “Under a decision taken by the Education Minister Ruairí Quinn, resource teaching hours for children with special needs will be slashed by a further 12% […]

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FF vow to protect future of Mayo’s small schools

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A very large crowd attended a public meeting in Bangor Erris on Thursday night on the need to protect small schools that are under threat of closure. The meeting was the first in a series of meetings as part of the Fianna Fáil ‘Save Our Schools’ campaign. The party’s Education Spokesperson Charlie McConalogue was joined by Mayo TD Dara Calleary, other local representatives, and members of the Erris Save our Schools Committee for the meeting in The Talk of the Town, Bangor Erris, which was hosted by the local Fianna Fáil organisation and chaired by John Cosgrove. Deputy McConalogue said many communities across the West of Ireland are becoming increasingly […]

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Bangor FF to host ‘Save our Small Schools’ Public Meeting

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Bangor Fianna Fáil Comhairle Cheantair is hosting a Save our Small Schools meeting in The Talk of the Town on Thursday May 2nd. Charlie McConalogue T.D., the Party’s Spokesperson on Education will be the guest speaker. Chairman of the Comhairle Cheantair John Cosgrove explained that the Fianna Fáil organisation were hosting the meeting due to the concerns being expressed throughout Erris in relation to the future of the peninsula’s small schools. “This Government has adopted a policy of severe harm to the future of small schools with pupil/teacher ratios rising and as a result schools in the Barony of Erris are going to lose teachers and resources. “On top of […]

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Mayo primary schools facing funding crisis

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Mayo Deputy Dara Calleary has said that more and more primary schools across Co Mayo are falling into unmanageable debt as a result of a series of cuts introduced by the Education Minister Ruairí Quinn over the past two years. The Fianna Fáil Deputy has called on the Government to immediately address what has become a funding crisis at primary school level. According to Deputy Calleary, the scrapping of the Minor Works Grant last year has hit local schools particularly hard. “Teachers and parents attached to a number of different schools have contacted me to express their concerns about the deepening financial problems at their school. The loss of the […]

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Calleary pledges to resist closure of small local schools

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Mayo Fianna Fáil Deputy Dara Calleary has said any attempt to force the amalgamation of small schools in Co Mayo must be resisted. Deputy Calleary has raised serious concerns about the fresh threat to the future of small schools in Mayo and rural communities across the West of Ireland. “It has been clear for some time that the Education Minister Ruairí Quinn has an agenda to force the amalgamation of small rural schools.  My fear is that this will result in a number of small schools here in Mayo being forced to close and some communities in this region will inevitably lose their local school entirely,” said Deputy Calleary. “There […]

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Teachers concerns must not be dismissed

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Fianna Fáil has urged the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn not to dismiss genuine concerns of teachers and parents about the severe impact of cuts to frontline education services. Mayo TD Dara Calleary said, “Our Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue attended this week’s National Conferences of the ASTI, TUI and INTO and reports that teachers are angry about the litany of broken promises on education from the Labour Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn and his government. “They feel the Minister has failed to take on board their genuine concerns about cuts to frontline education services, cuts to supports for children with special needs, cuts to small schools, cuts to guidance […]

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