New school funds bombshell for Pres
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.’