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Former Minister Says Parents Of Kids Not Attending School Shouldn't Get Child Benefits

Tusla is launching a campaign in November aimed at improving school attendance.

A former government minister has called for child benefit to be withheld from parents whose children are not attending school.

Roscomommon-Galway TD Denis Naughten says one in eight primary school children miss at least 20 days of school per year.

It comes as the child and family agency Tusla launched a new initiative for the month of November to encourage better attendance.

Deputy Naughten welcomes the efforts, but believes child benefit should also be used to encourage attendance:

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