Primary school principals are urging the Government not to cut funding for education in the budget.

The Irish Primary Principals’ Network says investing in education now will make sure we are ready for the upturn in the economy when it comes.

After meeting to discuss the cutbacks necessary in the budget yesterday Government ministers indicated there are difficult decisions to be taken.

But the principals of primary schools are urging the Government not to target education when it wields the knife.

The IPPN says the economic downturn will have a short term impact on the country, but increasing investment in education now will make sure we are ready for the upturn when it comes.

President of the IPPN Larry Flemming says cutting back on the primary education budget would have disastrous consequences for the future and is comparable to a farmer selling his seed in times of hunger.