Local Fianna Fáil TD and Justice Spokesperson, Jim O’Callaghan was joined at Grafton College earlier today by Education Spokesperson, Thomas Byrne TD to lend their support to staff and students faced with the school’s abrupt closure.
It very unexpectedly emerged in recent days that the Portobello based English language school; Grafton College has gone into liquidation leaving close to 400 students and 23 teachers in the lurch weeks before Christmas.
Deputy O’Callaghan commented, “This is a nightmare situation for all those adversely affected by the closure but especially the teachers and staff who have been left without a month’s pay, without a job and all without warning.
“In the broader term this closure represents the ongoing issues with the weak regulation that protects English language teaching in Ireland. There has been evidence of precarious working conditions within the industry and a degree of profiteering going on. These 400 or so students have likely invested a lot of money but have been treated so exceptionally badly.
“I very much support the plight of these staff members and will be raising the matter with the Minister for Education as a matter of urgency. The very basic standard of employment teachers should be able to rely on is that they will be paid for their work.
“Tomorrow’s protest outside Dáil Éireann is important and will go some way towards gaining momentum in the push to introduce new laws against the appalling work practices within the sector,” he concluded.