THE WEST IS AWAKE – HUGE PROTEST AGAINST SCHOOL CUTS

NEWS

 February 25, 2012

The people of Donegal sent the Government a strong message today – you will not downgrade our schools.

Up to 1,000 protesters including children and members of the clergy staged a protest march to Junior Minister Dinny McGinley’s office in Bunbeg.

There was no sign of the Minister but the crowd let it be known that they will not stand by and watch teachers be cut from small schools across Donegal.

Strangely enough Minister McGinley was at Carrickfin Airport to see Minister Leo Varadkar back on his way to Dublin.

Among those who spoke at today’s uplifting protest rally was Fr Sean Gallagher, PP of Gortahork as well as local teachers Cathal O’Fearraigh and Daithi Roberts.

Parents and children travelled form across the county waving placards.

Many of the placards revealed where the protesters had travelled from including

Gartan, Arranmore, Glenties, Cloughaneely and across the Rosses.

The rally started at the Bunbeg Industrial started with just over 500 people but that grew steadily to close on 1,000 as people joined the march along the route.

PICTURES BY KIND PERMISSION OF EOIN MCGARVEY