Primary principals fear cuts could pave the way for school closures

As the Department of Education and MInister Quinn continue their review of Deis schools and  consider other cuts, the Irish Primary Principals' Network is holding its annual conference today, with an emphasis on small schools.

The conference is sending out a bleak message, suggesting that budget changes to the staffing of schools with 86 pupils or less could lead to school closures, which they say would be disasterous for rural communities.

One of the delegates is Pol O Ruiseil, principal of Ranafast National School, which has 83 pupils.

He believes the school could be under threat..........

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