Updated: 01/11/16 : 05:12:07Printable Version
Fianna Fáil TD for Sligo Leitrim, Marc MacSharry TD has said that the
Minister for Education, Richard Bruton has one week to find an amicable
solution to the ASTI dispute otherwise schools across the country will
be forced to shut permanently.Deputy MacSharry was commenting
on the issue as Summerhill College, the largest boys’ secondary school
in Connaught informed parents on Friday evening that they will not be in a
position to re-open after the Midterm Holidays unless a resolution is
achieved between the teachers' union and the Government.
were informed this evening that it would take a minimum of six weeks to
secure additional civilian support to cover the members of the union
who were withdrawing substitution cover.
“This delay would force the school, and I suspect other schools, to stay closed in order to protect the welfare of the pupils.
should not be happening. Minister Bruton has been aware of the
grievances of the ASTI for some time, and should have intervened far
earlier in an effort to resolve the dispute.”Deputy Mac
Sharry continued, “However, like so many of the challenges and crises
that have faced Fine Gael in government, they waited until the 11th
hour, when positions became entrenched, before attempting to find a
“The net effect of Minister Bruton’s laissez faire
approach to this dispute is schools, such as Summerhill College,
closing their doors and not knowing when they will reopen.”
simply not acceptable with thousands of students in Sligo and Leitrim
in the process of preparing for their State Examinations. The
Department, and the Union, have one week to find a solution, otherwise
schools across the region will remain closed,” concluded Mr MacSharry.