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Cutting pay is not the solution

Madam -- I refer to Liam Collins's article 'Teachers' pay must be cut -- principal' (Sunday Independent, April 15, 2012), in which he quotes Colm O'Rourke's message to Ruairi Quinn "to "stop pussyfooting around" and cut teachers' pay to maintain education standards.

Teachers and principals are professional people doing a professional job; they have families to rear and educate, medical bills to pay, homes to pay for and banks and fraudsters to bail out.

How would Mr O'Rourke suggest they might survive if hit with another pay cut? Let's face it, health levies, pension levies, the universal social charge etc, have been taken, without question, and have gone unnoticed by the public in general under the smokescreen that is the Croke Park deal.

Please do not mislead the public with misinformation.

Does he realise that a salary of €25,000 into the hand qualifies one for council housing?

Take heart all newly qualified teachers: you will be housed! Such is the status of teaching in modern-day Ireland!

Teresa Campbell,

Athlone, Co Westmeath

Sunday Independent