West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Extension of free school meals welcomed- Boyle

Published: 17 September, 2013

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA and member of the Education committee Michaela Boyle has called for free school meals to be extended for all children attending school.

Speaking in the Assembly this week Mrs Boyle said,

"In recent years Sinn Féin has worked to increase the number of children entitled to free school meals and indeed the Minister John O'Dowd recently announced that the criteria for attaining free school meals would be standardised across primary and post primary schools.

This would mean that children entitled to free school meals in primary would carry that entitlement into post primary school.

The Strabane district is among the most socially deprived communities in the North. Many children here are going to school without a proper lunch due to families being unable to either supply a packed lunch or pay for school meals.

While welcoming the Minister's commitment to date on the issue I am asking him to investigate extending the free school meal system to all children attending school. This would bring equality to the system and ensure that every child would get at least one substantial meal a day during term time."