Local Junior School will meet high student demand in 2013

11/04/2013

Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal Alan Farrell has received confirmation that St. Sylvester’s Junior National School has agreed a solution to meet pupil demand for 2013.

“I am delighted to receive confirmation from the Department of Education that St. Sylvester’s Junior National School has agreed arrangements with its Patron that it will meet the accommodation needs of the junior infants in the Malahide area from September 2013.

“Following an enrolment crisis where over 30 children were placed on a waiting list for this September, I have continuously engaged with the Department and the Minister for Education in order to ensure that the seriousness of this situation was fully understood, and that a solution was required as a matter of urgency.

“I commend the Principal of St. Sylvester’s NS as well as the Catholic Church patron for resolving this issue on behalf of the students and parents to whom this decision will mean so much.

“While I am very pleased with this outcome in the short term, we must acknowledge that the current school crisis in Malahide is a legacy issue that should have been avoided, as stats predicted this spike in demand as far back as 2006.

“I am determined to ensure that the Department of Education will continue to address this issue in order to provide a viable long term solution for the Malahide community.”

“Following an enrolment crisis where over 30 children were placed on a waiting list for this September, I have continuously engaged with the Department and the Minister for Education in order to ensure that the seriousness of this situation was fully understood, and that a solution was required as a matter of urgency.

“I commend the Principal of St. Sylvester’s NS as well as the Catholic Church patron for resolving this issue on behalf of the students and parents to whom this decision will mean so much.

“While I am very pleased with this outcome in the short term, we must acknowledge that the current school crisis in Malahide is a legacy issue that should have been avoided, as stats predicted this spike in demand as far back as 2006.

“I am determined to ensure that the Department of Education will continue to address this issue in order to provide a viable long term solution for the Malahide community.”