JAN O’Sullivan’s promotion to full ministerial rank afford her the opportunity to speak up for low and middle-income owners, according to Sinn Fein’s Cllr Maurice Quinlivan.
The Limerick TD has been elevated to Minister for Education following Enda Kenny’s Cabinet reshuffle on Friday.
“Jan now sits at the government table as a full minister. But she needs to realise that along with her extra privileges and perks comes increased responsibility for the hardships being visited on the electorate by this government,” stated Cllr Quinlivan.
“Specifically I say to her that any government attempt at tax reform in the next budget must start with abandoning the unfair water and property taxes.
“Minster Jan O’Sullivan has been told often enough that people cannot afford these taxes. She must now take this message to the government cabinet table. Otherwise her recent elevation to minister will be of little benefit to Limerick residents,” he declared.
Meanwhile, the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland is seeking an early meeting with the new Minister for Education on reform of the Junior Cert.
“The ASTI is available to meet and work with Minister O’Sullivan to resolve the current dispute over proposed changes to Junior Cycle assessment. The proposals as they stand do not have the confidence of teachers and it is now clear that parents also have serious concerns, the union’s general secretary Pat King commented.