Tuesday 25 July 2017

'We're lucky - but we feel sorry for children at other schools'

Liam Skelly
Liam Skelly

Greg Harkin

Liam Skelly and his twin daughters Niamh and Clodagh (15) are all hoping for a resolution to the teachers' pay dispute - even though it doesn't affect them.

Moville Community College is staffed by TUI members so it remains open during the ASTI dispute.

"I feel sorry for parents whose children are at other schools," said Liam (inset). "It's an important Junior Cert year for Niamh and Clodagh and you want them to do their best, so I wouldn't want to see this happening at all, though I do support equal pay for teachers.

"I'm self-employed, so I'm just glad the strike isn't taking place here because it would have a huge knock-on effect. There's no safety net in a small business in the private sector."

Mr Skelly said his 15-year-old daughters see the issue from the teachers' point of view.

"They think this is discrimination mainly against young women because most young teachers are women and it's men who take these stupid decisions to give them less."

Irish Independent

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