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United fight for education in Ireland

Issue No. 2132

Over 120,000 parents, teachers, and school and university students have joined protests against the Irish government’s cuts to education.

A national protest in Dublin saw up to 60,000 people march a fortnight ago. In Cork 20,000 people marched and there were other demonstrations in Galway, Cork, Donegal and Tullamore.

The Schools United campaign brings together the three main teaching unions with parents and students.

They are opposed to increases in the pupil to teacher ratio, the removal of free book schemes and English support teachers, and the removal of grants for Traveller education.

The government introduced its budget for 2009 two months ago after Ireland slid into recession. Despite cutting spending and raising taxes in October the state’s budget deficit continues to grow.

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Mon 15 Dec 2008, 19:00 GMT
Issue No. 2132
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