New Primary School for Malahide will alleviate enormous demand for classroom space

New Educate Together Primary School for Waterside, Swords Road area

Fine Gael TD, Alan Farrell, has today (Wednesday) welcomed the announcement by Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn TD that Government propose to investment in the construction of a new primary school for Malahide.

“Minister Quinn has given the go-ahead for this school to commence in September 2014 in temporary start-up accommodation in order to meet parental demand for greater choice of primary schools in the area. Initially, Holywell Educate Together will share their recently opened purpose built school with the new Malahide Educate Together.

“While I welcome this development, it does not diminish the requirements for permanent accommodation for St. Sylvester Junior National School in the heart of Malahide which remains my top priority, following the announcement in recent months of the investment of €7 million in a new, permanent school building for St. Oliver Plunkett National School on the Grove Road.

“It is essential that local schools can cater for local demand, something that has been sadly lacking for many students in Malahide. In recent weeks I have received dozens of calls from worried parents, concerned about the four year olds noting having a place for September 2014.

“During the General Election in 2011 I stated that my main goal locally was the provision of social infrastructure right across the county, these being schools, the walk & cycleway to Donabate, the provision of a permanent home for the Fry Model Collection in The Casino, the outer orbital road for Holywell and the creation of firm plans for a rail link to Dublin Airport, Swords and beyond.

“With the Department itself estimating an enormous requirement for primary places in the Greater Malahide area in the next few years, its is essential that steps are taken now to cater for this demand.