31/01/2017

Fianna Fáil Sceptical Of Fine Gael's Education Divestment Plan

Fianna Fáil has expressed its scepticism over Fine Gael's plan for more multi and non-denominational schools across Ireland.

Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD, said that Minister for Education Richard Bruton's announcement on Monday "feels like a stale relaunch of the previous divestment plan".

Deputy Byrne said: "It failed before and this plan, although introducing some minor changes, doesn't inspire confidence. Minister Bruton is merely tinkering around the edges and lacks a coherent plan to bring about the changes that parents are looking for regarding school patronage. Minister Bruton had an opportunity to seriously reenergise his divestment policy, but unfortunately he has passed up on the opportunity.

"The Programme for Government commits to 400 new multi denominational schools by 2030. "I recently questioned Minister Bruton in the Dáil about this as few schools have been delivered to date under this policy. Many, including me, envisaged a completely new approach being adopted by the Minister. Many people will be shocked to learn that two thirds of this commitment will be delivered through divestment."

(MH)

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