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Priest asks for sale of church gold to pay for teacher


Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 03/11/2014. Priest asks for sale of church gold to pay for teacherTags: Teachers Parenting


A parish priest is appealing to the church to donate unwanted gold items belonging to their parishes to pay for a teacher in the poverty stricken area of Moyross, Limerick, The Journal.ie has revealed this morning.

Father Tony O’Riordan is calling on parishes and churches to sell unused gold objects to fund a teacher in his parish primary school after the Department of Education cut funding for this position in the local school this September.

After funding was cut for the teacher, the school has been forced to pay for a teacher privately and have raised funds through donations for one month, but need urgent help to find the remaining funds to pay for the position for the entire school year.

Fr O'Riordan told Thejournal.ie, “that the annual salary for a primary school teacher is around €30,000, and it is hoped that €20,000 can be raised in the church gold appeal.

They have already secured the salary for the teacher for a month and hope that up to €10,000 could be raised through bag-packing days and other events.”

According to Fr O'Riordan, he came up with the idea after he found an unused small gold vessel in his parish, and thought that other parishes must have similiar items that they could donate for this needy cause.

The priest has said that without funding for a new teacher, the alternative option would see a merger of two junior cert classes together, which would cause the class ratio to “go off the scale and those children would suffer”.

The priest said that the Principal and the Board of Management of the school “cannot easily stand over such a detrimental move knowing how negatively it will impact on these children’s futures and education”.

The Department has not yet commented on the situation.

Fr O’Riordan said that if anyone wants to get in touch with him about this appeal, he can be contacted on 087 928 69 45 or moyrossparish@gmail.com.


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