Warfield expresses solidarity with striking teachers

Sinn Féin spokesperson for the arts, youth affairs and LGBTQI rights, Senator Fintan Warfield, speaking on today’s ASTI strike has called on government to end pay disparity.

Senator Warfield said:

“Since the two-tier pay system was initiated for new entry teachers, it has seen our graduate teachers leave to Britain, Dubai, Australia and elsewhere.

“Young teachers who have found opportunities at home have been subject to lower salaries with equal responsibility, with an ASTI teacher starting on €8,000 less than those who started teaching in 2010.

“Nothing less than pay equalisation is acceptable.

“Sinn Féin send our solidarity to the teachers striking today and call on Government to initiate a Roadmap to Equal Pay for Equal Work without delay.”

Student loans rejected loud and clear

Sinn Féin spokesperson for the arts, youth affairs and LGBTQI rights, Senator Fintan Warfield today attended the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) march. 

Speaking afterwards Senator said that the message from students is loud and clear, they don’t want student loans.

Senator Warfield said:

“We have seen the disastrous consequences of student loans in every country in which they have been initiated. In the US, Britain, Australia and New Zealand, all have taken on massive national debt, and created mass indebtedness of our young people.

“Student loans are a sure-fire way to stifle the access of third level to our young people, saddling them with debt early in their careers.

“I commend the USI and Students’ Unions on marching today in their thousands. 

“Sinn Féin support them fully in their call for publicly funded education, and our pre-budget alternative significantly increases public, state support for third level education, reducing the student contribution charge by €500.”

Letter to the Archdiocese regarding Greenhills school amalgamation

To whom it may concern,

I recently received contact from the Parents Association of St. Peter’s BNS, Greenhills and countless phone calls from individual parents of students in the school. The Association stressed their disappointment and frustration with the ongoing process of amalgamation of Greenhills schools.

The Association were recently given one hour to raise any questions and concerns, none of which were answered. They also requested that a survey be carried out, with no response to date.

Ruairi Quinn & Archdiocese need to engage with Greenhills parents & community

Following a meeting with the St. Peter’s BNS Parents Association in Greenhills this week, Sinn Féin representative and candidate in Templeogue – Terenure Fintan Warfield released the following statement:

“Early last week parents were informed by the Archdiocese that all three schools in Greenhills would be closed and two new schools would be reopened on the St. Paul’s site.

“It is clear that parents and staff have had no say in the nature of the amalgamation and were informed by a letter last Friday that the Archdiocese intends pressing ahead with the new schools come September.