Tuesday 27 September 2016

Soc Dems promise school and maternity reform in new policy

Published 23/02/2016 | 02:30

Stephen Donnelly
Stephen Donnelly

Social Democrats co-leader Stephen Donnelly has said the party will introduce significant reforms for primary schools and maternity leave.

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The party pledged free primary education, a reduction of primary school class sizes to 20, and to connect every school with fibre broadband, if elected.

The co-leader has also pledged to extend maternity leave over three budget cycles from 36 weeks to 52.

Speaking at the party's launch of its 'Cherishing Children Equally' policy, he said: "Ireland's education system is our single greatest competitive advantage. However, funding to Ireland's schools and colleges has been cut year-on-year. We must strive, instead, to have an education system that helps every child achieve their potential and that is why the Social Democrats are committed to front-loading investment in early years, childcare and primary school education."

The party hopes to drive significant investment in children's early years and childcare on top of this.

Irish Independent

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