Challenged to stand up for rural schools

SDLP Councillor Joe Nelson has challenged Sinn Fein councillors to stand up for rural schools.

They will be the worst affected by Education Minister John O’Dowd’s Common Funding Formula proposals.

Councillor Nelson said: “In addition schools such as Tannaghmore would lose out by £19,536.

“This is a school which is situated in the heart of Drumnamoe, in a socially deprived ward.

“Whilst we in the SDLP support efforts to tackle social deprivation, these proposals which rob Peter to pay Paul, are fundamentally flawed.”