General Election 2020: Election Issues

Educate Together’s election campaign focuses on key issues facing our network of schools and the wider education system in Ireland: school choice, economic inequality, additional needs provision and school accommodation.

Choice in education

All children should have access to equality-based schools. Children in Ireland have the right to be free from discrimination of any kind, irrespective of social, cultural or religious background.

Ask your local election candidates:

‘How do you propose to increase the number of equality-based primary and second-level schools in Ireland?’

‘Will you support divesting more schools from religious patronage in your constituency with the support of the community?’


Economic inequality in education

All children should benefit from our education system regardless of socio-economic background. The cost of putting just one child through school can easily run into tens of thousands of euro.  Educate Together is advocating to ensure that no child is limited by their socio-economic background and that all children are in a position to access and benefit from our education system.

Ask your local election candidates:

‘What will your party do to alleviate school costs for families?’

‘If elected, what will you do to ensure that free education means free education?’

‘Will you commit to a radical increase in the capitation grant for schools?’


Additional needs provision

All children with additional needs should have the supports that they need, when they need them. Educate Together is concerned about the quality of educational provision for children with additional needs. A lack of investment in additional education supports means that more and more children are not getting the right kind of education and are struggling.

Ask your local election candidates:

‘Will you commit to improving targeted funding for schools so that children with additional needs can receive the right supports?’


School accommodation

All children deserve to learn in a place that is safe, warm and local with adequate space to learn, play and exercise. Too many new schools in Ireland open in ‘temporary accommodation,’ often in substandard conditions, lacking in basic facilities.

Ask your local election candidates:

‘Will you commit to supporting legislation that all new housing estates must have schools ready for the families who move in?’

‘If elected, how will you ensure that any new school in your constituency opens on time and in modern, safe facilities?’


You can download our canvas card below for when election candidates call to your door. You can can share your experiences on our Facebook page and @EducateTogether Twitter account using the hashtags #GE2020, #AllChildren and #EducateTogether. You can also email Educate Together candidates’ interactions:

You can help Educate Together make progress on these issues by donating today!