We need to have rational debate about small schools
The Government clearly does not want small schools to become a big local issue in the next general election.
The issue has been gaining political traction in recent months with the increase in the number of one-teacher schools up from 11 a few years back to 44 this year.
Several hundred people attended what independent TD Tom Fleming called a "monster meeting" in Cahersiveen recently expressing alarm at the prospect of further schools in Kerry losing teachers. More such meetings were in the offing elsewhere so something had to be done.