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Sunday 22 October 2017

PROTEST AT LOSS OF TEACHER

RESOURCE TEACHER FOR TRAVELLERS IS AXED

ANNE MARIE O'CONNOR

PARENTS protested on the streets of Taghmon on Monday night as they opposed the loss of a resource teacher from St Fintan's NS.

A march from the school to the Main Street took place at 5.45 p.m. on Monday night as parents and teachers protested the loss of the resource teaching post in the school.

The school, which has three full-time resource teachers, will see the post of resource teacher for Travellers discontinued from September.

Teacher Thomas Cousins has been told he will be let go from the school, and will start a new position in Carroreigh NS at the start of next term.

The loss of a resource is teacher is 'an education betrayal' according to the school's parents' council.

'It has major implications because it pre-empts the development, integration and potential of those children who are most vulnerable. The short term savings which drive this measure should be viewed against the long term consequence for future generations,' the parents' council said in a statement.

Parents' council chairwoman Sharon Murphy spoke at the protest on Monday night and said that 'any cuts' in education would have dire consequences.

The protest was attended by Deputy Liam Twomey, Deputy John Browne and councillors Michael Sheehan, Tony Dempsey and Pat Codd.

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