GAA President calls for jobs fund creation amongst rural organisations

The President of the GAA is proposing a jobs fund between the GAA, the Irish Rural Dwellers’ Association and other organisations that would eventually lead to job creation in rural areas. Irish Rural Dwellers Association conference Liam O’ Neill says these organisations have memberships of between 100 to 1,000 members. He says if each member contributed €2 per week towards the jobs fund, the proposal could generate between 5,000 and 10,000 jobs nationally. Delivering the keynote address at an IRDA conference on rebuilding rural communities in Tralee Liam O’ Neill says the GAA is well positioned to act as a conduit between the rural community and government to get these types of initiatives off the ground: [audio_player src=””] Meanwhile a call has been made for the Minister for Education to put a moratorium on the cuts to the number of teachers in primary schools. Vice President of the Irish National Teachers Organisation, Sean McMahon says Minister Ruairi Quinn is basing his decision to the cut the number of teachers in a school based on school enrolment alone. Speaking at the Irish Rural Dwellers Association Conference, Sean McMahon says school ethos, proximity to other schools and the impact on rural communities should also be a factor: [audio_player src=””]