Fianna Fáil Press Office
19 February 2016
All children have the right to an education – Fitzpatrick
Fianna Fáil candidate for Dublin Central Mary Fitzpatrick says Ireland must prioritise investment in education. Speaking at a press conference to highlight Fianna Fáil’s commitment to education, at all levels, Ms. Fitzpatrick added “Ireland must systematically prioritise investment in education. It is the cornerstone of our economic model, which is built on a highly skilled workforce, attracting investment and creating new business.
“Fianna Fáil has pledged to employ more teachers, reduce class sizes and will freeze third level fees in Government. The party’s manifesto commits to prioritising education and will ensure that all children are given the best start in life by investing in a fair and equitable education system.
“All children have the right to a fair start – programmes like DEIS, which was brought in by previous Fianna Fáil Governments, have been extremely successful in improving education rates in disadvantaged areas. We will expand the DEIS scheme, and put in better supports for traveller and newcomer children as well as restoring guidance counsellors to all schools, which will broaden all students’ future education and career path choices.
“Ireland cannot afford another Fine Gael led government, where some are getting ahead but many are being left behind. Our country requires an ambitious strategy to restore and enhance the quality of our education system.”