New classrooms and schools needed in Dublin Fingal

12/11/2014

Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell has said that the allocation of additional school accommodation to the North County, and particularly to Malahide and Swords, must be prioritised as economic conditions continue to improve.

“As many parents will know, there is currently a capacity issue facing many schools across Dublin Fingal. This issue must be resolved as a matter of priority in order to prevent the situation worsening in the coming years. Many schools in Dublin Fingal have been successful in their applications for investment over the past three years and the Department of Education and Skills has given the green-light to a number of new projects. However, I believe it is of the utmost importance that action now be taken to ensure that there is adequate infrastructure in place to cater for the increased demand which schools in the constituency will undoubtedly face in the not-so-distant future.

“It is particularly evident that, in parts of Malahide and Swords, the resources of many secondary schools will be placed under increased strain as the number of students in primary level schools, who will be progressing to secondary school in the coming years, is greater than the capacity currently available.

“Minister O’Sullivan has stated that the Department of Education and Skills is currently analysing demographic data to determine where additional school accommodation will be required from 2015 onwards. Once this is completed, measures will be taken to provide additional accommodation where it is needed.

“It is clear that the current school infrastructure in place in Malahide and Swords is not sufficient. With such a young and fast-growing population, the requirements for school accommodation in the North County will only increase over the next number of years. I will continue to engage with the Department to ensure the concerns of parents are heard and the necessary resources are provided to make sure our children receive a high-quality education in an environment which is conducive to their learning, particularly in east Swords and surrounding areas in Malahide.”

 

Note to Editors:

Since this Government came to office, the following investment has been made in education in Dublin Fingal:

Replacement of prefabs and the construction of permanent classrooms:

St Patrick’s Junior National School, Skerries

Holmpatrick National School, Skerries

St Oliver Plunkett’s National School, Balrothery

The Naul National School

Scoil Phadraic, Donabate

Scoil Phadraic Calini, Donabate

Realt na Mara, Skerries

St Peter and Paul National School, Balbriggan

St Teresa’s National School, Balbriggan

Scoil Mologa, Balbriggan

Holy Family SNS, Swords

St Andrew’s National School, Malahide

St Sylvester’s Junior National School, Malahide

St John Paul II National School, Malahide

 

New School Building projects:

Lusk Community College

Flemington-Balbriggan National School, Balbriggan

Skerries Educate Together

Scoil Catríona, Rush

Coláiste Clor na Mora, Stephenstown

Malahide/Portmarnock Educate Together

St Michael’s Special Needs School, Hackelstown, Skerries

St Oliver Plunkett’s National School, Malahide (Replacement School)

 

Extensions to schools:

Ardgillan Community School, Balbriggan

Skerries Educate Together

Scoil Catríona, Rush

St Finian’s Community College, Swords

Balbriggan Community College

Rush & Lusk Educate Together

 

New Special Needs Classes:

Holywell Educate Together, Swords

Bracken Educate Together, Balbriggan

Donabate Community College

Kilcoskan National School, The Ward

Donabate VEC Post-Primary School

 

St Helen’s Junior National School, Portmarnock, was granted funding for 2 withdrawal rooms, a multi-sensory room and a new office.

 

Coláiste Choilm, Swords, was granted funding for an ASD classroom.