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INTO Seeks Meeting To 'encourage and challenge' New Education Minister

Thursday, 26 May 2016

THE Northern Secretary of the Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO) says the union will be seeking an urgent meeting with the new Minister for Education, Peter Weir MLA, to discuss the financial pressures which continue to stifle the education system.

Gerry Murphy, who congratulated Mr Weir on his new appointment, said the new minister has a vital role to play now in shaping education in Northern Ireland.

Mr Weir joins new team of ministers who have been appointed to the power sharing executive at Stormont - posts have been shared out between the DUP and Sinn Féin.

Mr Murphy praised Mr Weir, who was chairman of the Education Committee last year, for grasping the major issues which face everyone employed in the education system.

Mr Murphy said: "INTO congratulates Mr Peter Weir on his appointment as Education Minister. The role is an important and challenging one and Mr Weir has demonstrated, through his chairmanship of the Education Committee in the last Assembly mandate, a grasp of the issues facing our education system.

"INTO will be seeking an urgent meeting with the Minister where we will be raising a number of issues that are a priority for INTO members and the system as a whole.

"We will engage with the new minister in a positive and constructive fashion as we have done with those who preceded him in the role.

"The education system is currently under considerable financial stress and this is creating huge uncertainty for all who are employed in education and those who benefit from the efforts of these workers.

"The INTO will both encourage and challenge the minister as he carries out the important task he has been given."

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NOTES TO EDITOR:

  • INTO is the Irish National Teachers' Organisation. It is the largest teachers' union in Ireland. INTO has a Northern Office and a Southern Office. The Northern Office is based at Vere Foster House, 23 College Gardens, Belfast.