Dublin Fingal TD, Alan Farrell, has said that he welcomes the commitments made by the Minister for Education, Norma Foley TD, with regard to the development of Fingal Community College, following his raising of the matter in the Dail on Tuesday, February 1st.
Deputy Farrell said, “Fingal Community College serves just under 900 students and is a corner stone of the community. However, the school has outgrown its current building and a long-term solution must be delivered.”
“Yesterday (Tue 01-02-22), I raised this matter with the Minister for Education, Norma Foley TD, in the Dail. Students, teachers and parents, need clarity as to their long-term schooling needs and that of the community’s future need.”
Minister Foley recognised that the most recent projections of post primary place requirements in the Swords School Planning Area, will show continued growth in place requirements in the years ahead.
Min Foley also responded to Deputy Farrell, saying, “Having considered the existing accommodation at the school, relative to both current and long-term needs in the area, it was determined that there should be significant additional, permanent, accommodation provided at Fingal Community College. However, as school site is extremely constrained, in that context, the Department of Education is working to formulate an appropriate long term plan to meet the needs of the school.”
Min Foley continued, “A number of potential options are being explored in this regard.”
Deputy Farrell said, “As the largest, fastest growing community in Dublin Fingal, a long-term plan that will allow the school to expand to meet the needs of the community, is vital for everyone in Swords. A plan for Fingal Community College, will allow us to deliver a higher standard of amenities and particularly outside space, for the students and faculty. It is clear that such plan may include building a taller building on the site, or identifying a new location for the school.”
Deputy Farrell added, “Swords, as we all know, is a rapidly growing population centre. I welcome the progress that has been made with regard to the new Swords Community College which is now populated up to 4th year and will cater for 1,000 students when full. We need these projects and forward planning to deliver the quality and standard of education in our communities that young people deserve. Fingal Community College, which was established in 1985 is no different in terms of the need to invest for the future and I will continue my work with the Department of Education, the Dublin & Dun Laoighaire Education and Training Board (the patron), as well as the school itself, to deliver on this commitment.”