Local support needed to “Save Our National Schools”

A large Leitrim support is sought for the Save Our Nationals Schools (SONS) campaign which is holding a national protest and march against austerity cuts in education on May 26.

A large Leitrim support is sought for the Save Our Nationals Schools (SONS) campaign which is holding a national protest and march against austerity cuts in education on May 26.

The group which started off locally in Westmeath has grown to encompass all local small school campaigns around the country and wants to send the Irish Government a very clear and united message on May 26.

Jerome Quinn, Principal of Aughnasheelin NS is the local co-ordinator for the group in Leitrim. He attended meetings in Athlone over Easter and said this national campaign is the “way forward” instead of trying to organise protests on a local level. He said there are a few INTO groups within the county and this is a great way to work together for the same cause.

The passionate principal said the campaign are looking for “1,000 people from each county to attend the protest.”

SONS was set up by parents who want to represent all sectors of Ireland. The protest on Saturday, May 26 will gather at Parnell Square from 12.30pm proceeding to Kildare Street at 2pm.

The national campaign has been actively working to resist the destructive measures that will negatively impact our children’s education and future. The campaign has a website at: www.sons.ie and a facebook page. They facilitate an online petition, info on the march and a list of political supporters.

Mr Quinn said small rural schools are so important to the county and to the people, so he is expecting huge support from around Leitrim. Jerome feels this national campaign is the best way to bring everyone together, with the same agenda. Mr Quinn said the main aim of the campaign is to protect children’s rights, and to protect rural communities.

He said they campaign are accepting sponsorship for buses to the protest. Anyone who wants to help co-ordinate the protest from the Leitrim area or who wants more information should contact Jerome Quinn by email: jeromequinn@hotmail.com