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Quinn 'to press ahead' with teaching post cuts


Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 15/12/2011. Quinn 'to press ahead' with teaching post cutsTags: Teachers News

Education Minister Ruairi Quinn is set to go ahead with plans that could see almost 430 teaching posts lost in disadvantaged schools, despite objections from principals and backbench TDs.

The Irish Independent reports he has warned there is no "magic wand" to solve the problem, following a meeting this week with backbenchers and teachers from establishments likely to be affected.

Around 270 primaries and 163 second-level schools that have previously received assistance under the Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools scheme are set to find out next month how their teaching resources will be affected.

Labour TD for Dublin North Central Aodhan O'Riordan - who is a former principal of Sheriff Street primary school - said he hopes the review will provide "positive solutions" to the problem, though he added he will not leave the parliamentary party due to his opposition to the cuts.

Meanwhile, the Irish Examiner reports Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dail yesterday (December 14th) that "alleviation measures" would be put in place for schools most affected by the budget reductions.

Written by Donal Walsh
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