FF HOLD PUBLIC MEETING TO ‘SAVE LOCAL SMALL SCHOOLS’ IN DONEGAL

first_imgParents, teachers and community groups are being urged to attend a public meeting in Carndonagh next week to which will address the future of local schools.Charlie McConalogue TDUnder plans by this Government, schools with less than 85 pupils are facing severe cutbacks to resources while schools with 50 pupils or less are at risk of closure or forced amalgamation, claim Fianna Fail.The party is kicking off a national campaign against the closure of small schools next Monday, 09 December in Carndonagh. The meeting takes place at 8pm upstairs in Túl Na Rí. It’s organised by local TD and Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue and Fr John Joe Duffy will be a guest speaker.Deputy McConalogue explained, “Communities across Inishowen are at serious risk of losing their local school under plans being spearheaded by the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn.“The loss of any of our local schools in Inishowen would be felt right across the community. It’s time that we all pull together and stand up against this highly damaging policy, that will essentially amount to the loss of yet another vital local service in this region.”The Fianna Fáil Education Spokesperson will be touring the country in the new year as part of his ‘Save Our Schools’ campaign. He has described the Government’s attack on small schools as ‘the latest in a series of attacks on rural communities’.“Donegal has the highest proportion of small schools in the country. In Inishowen alone, there are 17 schools at risk of severe cuts or forced amalgamation. We also have a higher proportion of minority faith schools and gaeltacht schools, which are naturally smaller in size.“Once again, this county is being forced to bear a disproportionate level of cuts to our local services. Many of these schools are the heart of the local community and they add much more to local life than traditional teaching during school hours. The ongoing uncertainty over their future is a threat in itself, as parents feel nervous about enrolling their children in a school that may soon face closure.“The Government is going about its attack on small schools in the sneakiest way possible. A series of cuts to resources coupled by deliberate uncertainty is all adding to the threat of what is a vital local service.“I am urging parents, teachers, community groups and public representatives from all sides to come to this meeting on Monday and stand up for their local school.” FF HOLD PUBLIC MEETING TO ‘SAVE LOCAL SMALL SCHOOLS’ IN DONEGAL was last modified: December 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Charlie McConaloguedonegalschoolslast_img read more