Thursday, 7 May 2009
Billy Kelleher (Minister of State with special responsibility for Trade and Commerce, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment; Cork North Central, Fianna Fail)
As Senator Phelan pointed out, the public purse is under pressure. Savings had to be made across all sections of Exchequer spending and education was not spared although it was protected more than other areas. The Minister has expressed his willingness to consider any proposals that might come to his Department concerning the targeting of resources made available via the block grant. This might ensure that, despite the dispersed nature of education in Protestant schools, those concerned could come up with proposals which the Minister might consider.