Dublin Mid-West to lose 12.5 teaching posts in four schools

Posted: April 12, 2012 in Austerity, Dublin Mid West

Sinn Féin Dublin Mid-West representative Eoin Ó Broin can today reveal that four schools in Dublin Mid-West are due to lose 12.5 teaching posts as a result of cuts imposed by the Minister for Education Ruari Quinn. In Lucan Archbishop Ryan primary school is set to lose 9 posts, while in Clondalkin, Deansrath Community College and Collinstown Community College are to lose one a piece and St Kevin’s Community College is to lose 1.5 posts. The information is contained in a reply from Minister of Education to a Sinn Féin parliamentary question.

Responding to the news Ó Broin said:

“This news is truly shocking. When the cuts to DEIS schools were first announced it was feared that up to 15 schools across the Dublin Mid-West area could lose teaching posts.

“Following a very successful campaign by parents and teachers, supported by Sinn Féin, Minister Quinn announced a review of the proposed cuts. Many schools hoped that the Minister would see sense and reverse the proposal to cuts teachers for schools in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the country.

“However following a Sinn Féin parliamentary question to the Minister for Education it is now confirmed that Dublin Mid-West will lose 12.5 teaching posts in four schools, three DEIS and one non-DEIS.

“In Lucan Archbishop Ryan primary school is set to lose 9 posts. In Clondalkin, Deansrath Community College and Collinstown Community College are to lose one a piece and St Kevin’s Community College is to lose 1.5 posts ”These cuts simply make no social or economic sense. They will damage the education and the future of the young people attending these schools.

“The proposal to cut nine posts from Archbishop Ryan primary school in Lucan is particularly severe. The school serves a catchment area with high levels of poverty and social benefit dependence. It should have been classed as a DEIS school. It also has one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse student populations in the country. The school needs these posts to ensure that its students receive the best possible education.

“Education is the key to our economic recovery. At a time of recession Government should be increasing investment into education, particularly in disadvantaged areas. “I am calling on the Minister for Education Ruari Quinn to reconsider this foolish and damaging decision to cut teaching posts. I am also calling on the four government TDs in Dublin Mid-West to publically call on the Minister to reverse the cuts.”

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