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Labour's Plan for Literacy

Posted on February 09, 2011

Labour's Plan for Literacy - At the launch of Labour's Plan for Literacy (left to right) Deputy Roisin Shortall, Cllr Aodhan ORiordain, Cllr Tom Kelleher and Deputy Ruairi Quinn.
At the launch of Labour's Plan for Literacy (left to right) Deputy Roisin Shortall, Cllr Aodhan ORiordain, Cllr Tom Kelleher and Deputy Ruairi Quinn.

"The plans for literacy that we are launching today are a statement of intent that the Labour Party will not allow the situation, where one in three students in disadvantaged schools are illiterate, to continue," said Ruairi Quinn, Labour Party Education Spokesperson at the launch of Labour's Plan For Literacy.

Alongside Róisín Shortall TD, and Labour candidates Cllr Aodhán O'Riordáin and Cllr Tom Kelleher, he showed the Government's failure to equip young people with the basic skills needed to engage fully with society.

“The international OECD skills survey in 2009, which found that almost one in six Irish 15 year olds do not have the literacy skills to cope with further education or the demands of today's workplace, makes tackling literacy problems in our schools even more urgent.

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Reading as a Right

Posted on January 23, 2011

Reading as a Right - Cllr Jenny McHugh, Cllr Tom Kelleher and the Labour Party Spokesperson on Education, Deputy Ruairi Quinn at the launch of our 'Reading is a Right' literacy policy document.
Cllr Jenny McHugh, Cllr Tom Kelleher and the Labour Party Spokesperson on Education, Deputy Ruairi Quinn at the launch of our 'Reading is a Right' literacy policy document.

"One in 10 primary school children - that is 50,000 pupils - have serious literacy problems. Radical action to break this plateau is long-overdue. Literacy is the foundation on which education is built. If we don't get that right, all of our subsequent investment in education is compromised," the Labour Party Spokesperson on Education, Deputy Ruairi Quinn, said this afternoon at the launch of Labour's policy document 'Reading as a Right'.

"Labour's literacy strategy is based on the best evidence of what works and we will be ready to begin implementing it from our first day in Government."

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BT Young Scientists Exhibition 2010

Posted on January 14, 2010

BT Young Scientists 2010 - Deputy Ruairi Quinn at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition with Fiachra Maguire from St Mary's College, Rathmines, Dublin.
Deputy Ruairi Quinn at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition with Fiachra Maguire from St Mary's College, Rathmines, Dublin.

This afternoon the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD and Ruairi Quinn TD, our Education Spokesperson paid a visit to the BT Young Scientists Exhibition in Dublin's RDS. Ruairi has posted a few thoughts about the exhibition and education in general. Do let us know what you think in the comments section below. More images from this afternoon will be available soon on Flickr.

It was great to see the large numbers of young people at the Young Scientist exhibition in Dublin today. I was very impressed by the levels of enthusiasm and interest in science, particularly when it is often remarked how under-promoted the subject is. The students in our schools today are the key to Ireland's economic success tomorrow.

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