Michael Brennan: Enda Kenny’s desire to protect small schools from cutbacks may be a vote-winner, but it’s far removed from the national interest
Taoiseach Enda Kenny was so concerned about the closures of small schools that he once caught a special adviser in a headlock over the issue.
He himself went to a two-teacher school and his county of Mayo has among the highest concentrations of one, two and three-teacher schools.
These schools were built at a time when children walked to school, instead of being driven. So they are spread all around the country, often just a few miles apart. But even if one teacher is left to look after 15 pupils in eight different classes, closing them down can be politically...
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