Friday, December 05, 2008

News, and Xmas lights! :)

Christine has great pics of the Xmas lights on the Diamond, and of the big demonstration in town the other day:
http://christinajirwin.wordpress.com/2008/12/01/let-there-be-light/

News coverage of the demonstration from various news sources:
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2008/1201/1227910421357.html
More than 6,000 teachers, parents and pupils marched through the town on Saturday in support of the campaign against what successive speakers called "draconian measures" recently announced by the Government.

Protesters, including dozens of retired teachers, marched past Tánaiste Mary Coughlan's main constituency office on their way to the town-centre rally in The Diamond. They carried hundreds of banner proclaiming "Hands off class size" and "Don't make children pay" ...

Former minister of state Pat the Cope Gallagher, the Tánaiste's Fianna Fáil Donegal South West constituency colleague, was among the marchers but he didn't join the platform party.

He said: "I want to gauge the level of concerns and bring that back to the Minister for Education. I feel it's the very best I owe my constituents. I want him to know how the cuts are affecting people."

More coverage at:
http://www.breakingnews.ie/Ireland/mhidideycwmh/rss2/
http://www.oceanfm.ie/onair/sligoleitrimnews.php?articleid=000004152
'We as a society are not prepared to sacrifice our children's Education because of the greed of developers during the Celtic Tiger years'
http://www.oceanfm.ie/onair/sligoleitrimnews.php?articleid=000004149
A massive crowd of between 7 and 10,000 people marched through the streets of the town against the cuts which include the pupil/teacher ratio being increased,book grants axed, and substitution cover for teachers being abolished. The effect of these cuts will mean further hardship for pupils and also for families already under pressure from the economic downturn.

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