Friday 24 November 2017

We need to have rational debate about small schools

Morning Ireland's hostess with the mostess and author Rachael English is left red-faced when she remembers her school days.
Morning Ireland's hostess with the mostess and author Rachael English is left red-faced when she remembers her school days.

John Walshe

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.

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