A new initiative aimed at tackling the cost of school uniforms was announced today by Minister Ruairi Quinn and the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore. This will give parents a stronger role in how schools decide their policies on uniforms and aims is to reduce back to school costs even further for families, and giving parents a voice in this process.
Minister Quinn will invite schools to consult parents by use of a template questionnaire which will ballot parents on the school’s uniform policy. Parents will asked questions on whether or not they want a school uniform, and if so, whether they would prefer uniforms that are available in the large retail chains. It will ask whether or not parents want to see a school blazer or school crests, and what type.
Leaders' Questions, taken by the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, today in the Dáil saw debate on the Health Budget, Social Housing, and banking issues. You can watch the entire proceedings back from the video.
Families who are struggling to meet the costs of their children’s education were helped in Budget 2014 with the introduction of a nationwide school book rental scheme. The Labour Party recognises the huge sacrifices made by families since the financial crisis took hold and the school book scheme is just one of many initiatives devised to help those families.
The school book rental scheme, which is being extended to every primary school in Ireland, will see the average cost of books in primary school fall from €80/€60 to as little as €20.
The Haass process is about encouraging further progress. It is 15 years since the Good Friday Agreement was signed. It was a momentous achievement, but translating it from paper into political, societal and economic reality continues to take time and great effort – not least by community groups, non-governmental organisations and individuals across Ireland.
Leaders' Questions from this morning is now available to watch back on YouTube. Among the issues discussed were concerns raised regarding recent child welfare incidents, and the European Stability Mechanism.
Over the last two and a half years Ireland has made enormous progress and at the end of this year we are poised to regain control of our economy. This is the last of the bailout budgets and the treatment has been tough. It has been hard to do what is necessary but it is working and it will work. The economy is growing and we are creating jobs and reducing unemployment. We are working our way to recovery.
Leaders' Questions, taken by the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, this morning saw debate on the recent HIQA Report into maternity services, and fuel costs. You can watch the entire debate back from the accompanying video.
This weekend 25 dynamic and impressive women gathered in Portlaoise for the first Labour Women pre election “Bootcamp” for local election candidates. Sinead Ahern, chairperson of Labour Women, has blogged about the weekend over on Labour Women's section of our website, do check it out from here.