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Fri 14th May
Mr Maginness said: “The Whitehouse community was badly let down by Education Minster Caitriona Ruane. It is deplorable that these pupils have had to tolerate inadequate facilities for almost an entire year. But what was much worse was that after promising an early re-build when the TV cameras were at the burned-out shell of the school, the minister then reneged.
“I want to congratulate the parents, staff and pupils on their tenacious campaign to force the Minster’s change of mind. It really cannot be that any important building destroyed by fire should then go to the back of the building queue. The Minister has been less than frank about the state of her new-build campaign and parents and teachers across the north are having difficulty finding out whether their schools are to built or not. But budgetary pressures are one thing, penalising a community hit by an arson attack is another.
““There are many who suspect that the plight of Whitehouse was used by the Education Minister as a budgetary pressure point against the Finance Minster Sammy Wilson. The needs of these children shouldn’t be jeopardised by political game-playing around the Executive table.
“As a political representative I will continue to back all those associated with Whitehouse Primary School. I wish them well for the future.”
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