25 Nov 2020, 15.21

The Joint Committee on Education, Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science will meet tomorrow at 11.30am when the National Parents Councils, Primary and Post Primary and the Irish Second Level Students Union (ISSU) come before the committee to give evidence on ensuring that schools are open in a manner which is both safe and sustainable.

Thursday’s meeting in Committee Room 2 follows on from last week’s engagements on the topic with the Minister, Minister for State and Trade Unions who represent Teachers and other school staff, and can be viewed live on Oireachtas TV.

The Committee will hear from three key stakeholder groups:

  • Aine Lynch, CEO, The National Parents Council, Primary.
  • Mai Fanning, CEO, The National Parents Council, Post Primary (NPCpp).
  • Reuban Murray, President, Irish Second Level Students’ Union (ISSU).

Speaking in advance of the meeting, Committee Chairperson, Paul Kehoe TD, said: “The Committee continues with its examination on ensuring schools are open in a manner that is safe and sustainable. It is another landmark day for the Committee. As well as the National Parents Councils CEOS, Mr. Reuban Murray, President of the Irish Second Level Students Union (ISSU), and still a secondary school student, will attend to represent the voices of young students throughout the country.

“This Committee is genuinely committed to ensuring young people’s voices are heard, and, so, it is a great honour to have him come before the Committee. Young people are our future and the Committee wants to hear their valuable insights and concerns. Both I and the Committee are also very impressed and grateful for the surveys conducted by the witnesses to assist us in our work on the issue. It clearly shows their commitment and dedication to Irish education.”

For more information about the work of the Joint Committee on Education, Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science see the Committee webpage

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Committee membership

Deputies

Fine Gael

Paul Kehoe - Cathaoirleach (chair)

Fine Gael

Independent

Fianna Fáil

Senators

Fine Gael

Independent

Independent

Fianna Fáil

Green Party