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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Fianna Fáil to give grants for post-grad education

Micheál Martin,TD the Fianna Fail leader speaking to meet the media at Leinster House
Micheál Martin,TD the Fianna Fail leader speaking to meet the media at Leinster House

FIANNA Fáil plans to make the restoration of post-graduate grants and funding for languages at primary school level two key planks of its pre-election manifesto.

Party leader Micheál Martin has indicated that it will also promise to allow extra resources for career guidance teachers.

He told the Irish Independent that he sees funding for education as a “red line” issue coming into the general election campaign.

“I can’t understand why the Government did away with the post-graduate education support grant, given that we all know we have to invest in fourth level. People doing masters and PHDs is good for society and good for the country,” he said.

“And a very simple initiative like the primary languages initiative, which cost €2.5m, Ruaírí Quinn did away with it two years ago.

“I brought it in in 1999 as Minister for Education – Spanish, Italian, German and French at primary level in 550 schools,” he said.

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