How much longer will parents be waiting for a school building in Dun Laoghaire?
Labour Party representative for Dún Laoghaire, Cllr Deirdre Kingston, has called on the Minister for Education to ensure building starts of a new Educate Together primary school in Dún Laoghaire.
School children are currently in temporary accommodation while the Department slowly reviews a permanent site location.
Cllr Kingston said:
“At the moment, the children are in temporary accommodation in Monkstown and it is likely this will continue for another 15 months at least. When a second class starts in September of this year it will be very cramped for the pupils.
“It is incumbent on the Minister to provide quality school accommodation for the children of Dún Laoghaire when they need it.
“Children and their needs have to be at the centre of the Department’s decision-making but if this was the case they would be looking forward to starting in a new purpose built school in September.
“There is a huge need for a new national school in Dun Laoghaire. I am contacted by parents every August who are worried about their children not getting a school place. Not only that, but the demand for multi-denominational schools and more choice in our education system is growing all of the time, so it is really important that the Minister instructs his Department to progress this build as quickly as possible and without delay.
“The funding has been allocated, the school children are waiting, so let’s keep it moving and deliver on it as soon as we can.”