Education provision for young people in North County Dublin is set to improve, according Fine Gael TD for Dublin North Alan Farrell, commenting on the announcement made by the Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn that 40 new schools will be established throughout Ireland over the next six years, including three areas in Dublin North.
“Residents in Swords will be pleased to learn that by 2015 there will be new primary school built in the town. I am very pleased to see that not only is there a plan for a secondary school in the North County Dublin/South Louth area, but that Rush and Lusk has been identified as one of the areas that will require a post primary school.
“This announcement could not have come quicker for parents with young families in Rush and Lusk who are worrying about the difficult battle that parents in these areas face in order to secure a place in a second level school in nearby towns.
“In recent weeks I have issued a parliamentary question to the Minister in relation to the plans for a post primary school in Lusk, and I commend the Minister for acknowledging that the education facilities available in Dublin North cannot sustain the rapid population growth that these towns have experienced in recent years.
“Residents have been campaigning for a new post primary school in Rush and Lusk for many years and this communication from the Department has shown that their requirements are being taken into account, and that Dublin North is very much on the agenda.
“I truly believe that it bodes well for this government that despite all the serious cutbacks enforced on each department, that the welfare and education of our young people is still a priority.”