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90278890(Teachers pre-budget protest in Dublin, October 2012)

As a newly-qualified (two years) secondary school teacher, I do not know what it was like to teach pre-austerity. I know only of daily life in a busy secondary school in Cork. I know of big classes, big work-loads and people doing their best. I have a Masters (in my subject) that is not acknowledged by the department. I am not in receipt of the teaching through Irish allowance.

Newly-qualified teachers’ pay is down 15 per cent since 2011. I’m appalled at the increase in the size of classes, at the cutbacks in special education needs resources and the constant air of gloom that pervades.

What happened to valuing the individual and of nurturing their potential? I consider it an achievement just to have spoken to every student by the end of certain classes, never mind meeting their specific educational needs.

I invite Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn to spend a day shadowing me through the minefield that is secondary education. Although I might not have time to speak to him.

Roisin Mulford, Dungarvan, Co Waterford.

 

Teaching In An Age of Austerity (Irish Times Letters)

(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)

More than 100 people gathered to protest against the 19% cut to the Respite Care Grant in Wednesday’s budget outside the Dail earlier

Up to 75,000 full-time carers will be affected by the cut, which Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has insisted is necessary.

Family Carers Protest in Dublin And Ennis Over Budget Cuts (RTE)

(Wanderley Massafelli/Photocall Ireland)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore have ruled out any row-back on the budget in the light of growing unease among backbench TDs in both Government parties about some of its harsher measures, including cuts in the respite care grant.

The €325 cut in the €1,700 grant for respite care yesterday assumed greater importance as a possible stumbling block for some Labour and Fine Gael TDs.

The new property tax, the €5 a week increase in PRSI and particularly the cuts in child benefit were also being viewed as potentially difficult issues.

Mr Kenny, while accepting that many of the budget changes made to achieve a €3.5 billion adjustment were “unpalatable”, nevertheless insisted that all measures would be implemented.

You’ll take it. And you’ll like it.

Problem?

Kenny and Gilmore rule out any reverse to budget cuts (Harry McGee, Irish Times)

(Barry Cronin/Photocall Ireland)

By Eoin Thing, parliamentary correspondent:

2.30 Minister Noonan is on his feet

2.34 Interesting point about the GDP ratio in real terms.

2.37 Something about pensions.

2.38 Lol

2.47 That’s not even English.

2.48 He’s been talking to the guys at Goldman.

2.49 7%!

2.50 7%?

2.51 7% so.

2.49 The markets won’t like that.

2.53 Or that

2.54 That’s going hurt the coping classes. The neurotic remain untouched (Again!)

3.00 What about the SMEs???

3.05 Ah

3.11 Howlin on his feet.

3.12 No, really.

3.15 One-stop shop for inferstructural reform? Risky but I like it.

3.20 Take that, Keynes!

3.25 Emphasis very much on growth and jobs and money.

3.33 Howlin promising further measures.

3.34 And a range of other expenditure targets to be met.

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