Fine Gael TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Deputy Joe O’Reilly, has welcomed the announcement from Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan, that additional funding of €55,000 is being made available to support the delivery of anti-bullying training sessions for parents in 2014. This announcement comes on foot of an a previous allocation of €60,000 for this initiative, earlier this year, bringing the total allocation to €115,000.

Explaining how this funding will affect parents in Cavan and Monaghan, the Deputy said ‘This funding will go towards more than 200 sessions, which will take place nationwide and this will have a direct benefit for parents in the constituency of Cavan and Monaghan also. On Monday 6th October, there will be a session in the Glencarn Hotel, Castleblaney for Monaghan Parents and on Wednesday 22nd October there will be a session in The Cavan Crystal Hotel, for Cavan parents.’

‘These programmes are being run jointly by the National Parents Council Primary (NPC-P) and the National Parents Council Post Primary (NPC-PP) to support the implementation of the Action Plan on Bullying which called for training and resources for parents and boards of management. I would encourage as many parents as possible, from Cavan and Monaghan, to attend these sessions. Speaking as a parent of two secondary school children, I know the importance of programmes, such as this. So far, feedback from parents who have already attended these sessions has been very positive’, explained the Deputy.

‘Feedback from the sessions organised to date has been very positive. Parents felt that the training had given them more confidence in supporting their child with a bullying issue and in engaging with their school if a bullying incident arose. More information on this can be found on The Parents Councils website and they have also developed an information leaflet for parents who attend the sessions. For those who cannot attend, these leaflets can be downloaded from their websites’ stated Deputy O’Reilly.

‘This is a great initiative and I am happy to see these sessions coming to Cavan and Monaghan. Bullying is an act that needs to be addressed at an early stage in life and we, as a society, have a responsibility to engage with this serious issue. Initiatives like these training sessions for parents are an excellent way in which to do this and it is testament to the previous and current Ministers for Education that they have provided a substantial amount of funding for this’ concluded the Deputy.

Senator Joe O'Reilly representing Cavan & Monaghan 2010. | An ExSite website