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Latest press release from Cllr Mags Crean, issued on Friday, November 29th 2019…

Cllr. Mags Crean (Ind) is concerned about inaction from the Government regarding access to education in North Wicklow despite pressure from every level, and she argues that this must be elevated to an issue of equality and children’s rights.

Crean states, “I share the frustration of many parents as my own daughter is currently on two waiting lists now, and she is anxious and worried as some of her friends have been offered places. At this stage, I believe that parents need to form a delegation and demand a meeting with Minister McHugh and make this an issue of equality and children’s rights.

“I have written and worked on the issue of equality in education for many years and our children face what now clearly needs to be named as an equality of access issue here in North Wicklow. There is also the situation of special needs children that are in receipt of home tuition because they are unable to get a place in secondary school, and then there is the ongoing issue with premises for the North Wicklow Educate Together school.

“Despite efforts from every level, including local councillors and TDs, cross-party, including a petition by Stephen Donnelly, and a meeting with the Department of Education by Minister Harris back in May, there has been very little movement to progress this beyond what is a very drawn-out patronage process”.

Crean maintains that “the power of local councillors seems to be very limited in this matter, besides raising the issue and keeping it high on the political agenda. It just isn’t good enough.

“I have contacted the Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, and urged Minister Zappone to communicate with her colleague Minister McHugh in the Department of Education, on the basis that access to education in North Wicklow is a basic fundamental right and needs to be treated as a matter of urgency now.”

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