Written answers

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Department of Education and Skills

School Libraries

10:00 pm

Photo of Michael KittMichael Kitt (Galway East, Fianna Fail)
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Question 171: To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if, in view of his literacy initiative, he will restore the school library grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20839/11]

Photo of Ruairi QuinnRuairi Quinn (Minister, Department of Education and Skills; Dublin South East, Labour)
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In view of the serious financial situation left by the previous Fianna Fáil-Green Party Government, I regret that I do not have the resources to restore the grant to local authorities for the provision of library services to primary schools.

The present Government is committed to making literacy a national cause, as evidenced by the publication of the recent National Strategy on Numeracy and Literacy.


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