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Lest We Forget: Lessons Learned in Ireland Following Budget 2012

  • Conor Mc Guckin (a1) and Aoife M. O'Brien (a1)

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School-based guidance and counselling provision suffered significantly in the austerity measures announced as part of the Irish national Budget for 2012. Through an exploration of the rapid changes visited on the profession in Ireland, this article offers a timely warning to international colleagues to engage in a service-wide reflective process regarding the nature, organisation, and efficacy of their role and profession. Highlighted are the central issues that have been experienced in Ireland, with suggestions for how colleagues could reflect upon the robustness of the profession in their own country.

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address for correspondence: Dr Conor Mc Guckin, School of Education, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland. Email: conor.mcguckin@tcd.ie

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Lest We Forget: Lessons Learned in Ireland Following Budget 2012

  • Conor Mc Guckin (a1) and Aoife M. O'Brien (a1)

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