This exciting project, started in 2002 with direct government support and funding, has put professionally trained and managed librarians into some of the most disadvantaged secondary schools in all parts of Ireland. Currently the project supports over 30 schools. Their aim is to work with teachers to raise reading and literacy levels with lower secondary age students. They are doing an excellent job. There has been political interest in this project, especially in the light of Ireland's impending General Election and economic woes and the Labour Party of Ireland has specially mentioned the project in its Reading as a Right leaflet (see p13)
Here is an example of a national library project, supported and funded for nearly a decade by central government that has been successful and also merits political mention. We hope that its important work will continue into the future. Some of the group are SLA members.
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