Minister must act in the interest of Clonkeen students

07 July 2017

Labour General Election candidate for Dún Laoghaire, Cllr. Deirdre Kingston, has said it is vital that the Minister for Education and Skills throws his weight behind the students of Clonkeen College and insists on the playing pitches remaining as school facilities.

The school was recently hit with the news that the Congregation of Christian Brothers was to sell off their playing pitches.

Speaking on the matter, Cllr. Kingston said:

“The whole community is in shock. This is a completely unacceptable situation. 

“The pitches in Clonkeen and the school building have seen considerable State investment and it is reprehensible that the Christian Brothers could attempt to sell off school facilities to make up for their redress obligations. They are punishing the people and the children of Dun Laoghaire to pay what they owe nationally.

“It is up to the Minister to stand up for the investment his Department has made and demand that the facilities at the school remain for the use of the students. He has taken the time to meet with the school management but now the time has come for him to take action and stop this land sale from taking place.

“Let’s hope that that the children of our local area count for something in a debate about land prices and housing developments.

“The Minister must take action on this issue. And fast. Schools and the students who attend them are his responsibility and it is vital that he sets out an action plan detailing how he intends to looks after their interests, both in Clonkeen College and in the wider community and country.”

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