Katherine Donnelly: Government must follow up education promises
PARENTS of newborn babies, or even those not born yet, will be glad to know that by the time they reach five there should at least be a school waiting to welcome them.
What is much less certain is how well staffed they will be by teachers and essential classroom colleagues such as special needs assistants (SNAs). Not to mention how much money there will be for libraries, computers and all the other things that make up an education system.
Young families, particularly those living in one of the areas of big population growth such as west Dublin, south Louth, Meath or north Kildare, or around a major city such as Cork, are getting good news today about new schools being planned by the Department of Education for almost a decade ahead.