Ó Ríordáin to meet Quinn over cuts

Monday 12 December 2011 22.57
Labour TD Aodhán Ó Ríordáin is to meet Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn tomorrow
Labour TD Aodhán Ó Ríordáin is to meet Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn tomorrow

Labour TD Aodhán Ó Ríordáin is to meet Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn tomorrow evening to express his concern about cuts that school principals say will devastate disadvantaged schools.

This evening Mr Ó Ríordáin, who is a former Principal of a disadvantaged school in Dublin's inner city, said he was very very uncomfortable with the cuts.

Mr Ó Ríordáin said he was working hard to find a solution.

He sought the meeting after discussing the issue with disadvantaged school principals in schools this afternoon.

He told RTÉ the decision was a very difficult one for him personally.

He said he had been contacted by disadvantaged schools right throughout the country.

The cuts, announced as part of the budget, include the phasing out of 250 special so-called legacy posts.

These are teaching positions created for disadvantaged schools by Labour Minister Niamh Breathneach in the nineties.

The abolition of these posts means class size for small children in some of the country's most severely disadvantaged schools will rise from 15 pupils per teacher to 22.