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INTO Press Release: INTO Launches Massive Cuts Campaign

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) today announced details of its campaign to oppose the proposed education cuts.

 Mr Gerry Murphy, Northern Secretary of INTO said,

“As the largest teaching union in Ireland, we are not prepared to stand by as the officials in the Department of Education plan the destruction of our education system. INTO is not prepared to sacrifice the education of children for the expediency of efficiency savings.  Since the publication of the draft budget proposals, INTO has carefully considered the budget and its implications and today we intend to set out how we will respond.”

Mr Murphy continued,

“Apart from a robust response to the budget document, INTO will be writing to parents, principals and governors to urge them to actively resist these proposals and send a resounding, “NO” to those in the Department of Education. We intend to lobby politicians at all levels to get our message across. We have produced sample letters, postcards and petitions and we are urging everyone with an interest in education to join with us in opposing these cuts. Finally, we intend to hold a series of public information meetings to get the message across that these budget proposals must be stopped.” These meetings will be held in:

  • Canal Court Hotel, Newry, on Monday 15th December at 7pm
  • City Hotel, Derry, on Monday 15th December at 7pm
  • The Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, on Tuesday 16th December at 7pm
  • Holiday Inn, Ormeau Ave, Belfast on Thursday 18th of December at 7pm 

Mr Murphy concluded,

“INTO will engage with other teacher unions and we intend to, over the next few weeks,    send a clear resounding message to the officials in Department of Education that the budget proposals are totally unacceptable. We demand today and will continue to demand, that this attack on front line services is halted and that a budget, which puts children’s education first, is produced. We owe this to today’s school children and those generations that will follow.”