New school funds bomb­shell for Pres

Bray People - - Bray People -

THE PRE­SEN­TA­TION COL­LEGE, Bray, has been re­fused fund­ing for the build­ing of a new school de­spite be­ing told they were a pri­or­ity by the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion.

In 2006 the then Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion and Sci­ence Mary Hanifin placed the Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege on a list of 40 schools as pri­or­ity for ma­jor school build­ing projects.

Since 2006 the school have taken the nec­es­sary steps to ac­quire plan­ning per­mis­sion for a new 600 pupil school and to de­mol­ish the ex­ist­ing school once the new premises is built.

The ten­der process for the new school was also com­pleted within bud­get.

The Prin­ci­pal at the school Mr. Gerry Duffy has been left bit­terly dis­ap­pointed by the news and had an­tic­i­pated that due to the school be­ing con­sid­ered a pri­or­ity two years ago it would have re­ceived fund­ing.

’Two years ago build­ing a new school at Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege, Bray was a pri­or­ity and as I un­der­stood it build­ing work should have started within 15 months of April 2006,’ said Mr. Duffy,

‘The staff par­ents and stu­dents have been left dis­ap­pointed by the De­part­ments de­ci­sion.

Deputy Billy Tim­mins has ex­pressed his out­rage that the fund­ing has not been granted and has ac­cused the gov­ern­ment of be­tray­ing the trust of the peo­ple of Bray.

‘This shilly-shal­ly­ing be­gan long be­fore the cur­rent eco­nomic cri­sis blew up in the gov­ern­ment’s face.

‘It’s now eight years since a Fianna Fáil ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter promised a new school and fa­cil­i­ties for the Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege com­mu­nity of pupils, teach­ers and par­ents,’ said Deputy Tim­mins, ‘De­spite prepa­ra­tion of ex­act plans and ad­her­ence to ev­ery re­quire­ment set down by the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, an­other slap in the face has been de­liv­ered.’

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