Monday, March 09, 2009

Gogarty Should Resign as Education Committee Chairman

The resignation of Paul Gogarty as Education Spokesperson is a meaningless gesture. As a government TD, the position of Education Spokesperson for the Green Party was a pointless position. His chairmanship of the Oireachtas Education Committee is another matter.

If Paul Gogarty feels that strongly about the savage cuts in education, which deliberately target the most vulnerable in our society, then he should put his money where his mouth is and resign this position which comes with generous salary top-up and expenses.

The time for meaningless stances is over. The time to defend education has arrived. If Gogarty really cared about class sizes, traveller education, disadvantaged education, the HSCL scheme, book grants, language support or the other measures that have been cut by this uncaring administration then not only would he resign from his chairmanship, he would resign from government completely.

It is clear that empty gestures are all that the Green Party are reduced to.