Duleek loses out in bid for se­condary school

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS - By HUBERT MUR­PHY

A MA­JOR new se­condary school pro­ject to cater for an in­creas­ing pop­u­la­tion in south Drogheda/East Meath is set to go ahead on lands out­side the town, rather than in Duleek, which was also sug­gested as a lo­ca­tion by many lo­cal politi­cians.

In a let­ter last week, Min­is­ter Richard Bru­ton said that the de­part­ment had con­sulted with Meath County Coun­cil on the pro­ject and south Drogheda was seen as a bet­ter lo­ca­tion than Duleek due to the num­ber of houses be­ing built in the im­me­di­ate area.

The new se­condary school will cater for 600 stu­dents at first and can rise to 1,000.

Meath CC say the vast ma­jor­ity of new devel­op­ments will be in south Drogheda with a ‘min­i­mal’ num­ber in Duleek. Anal­y­sis says that 410 stu­dents from Duleek and dis­trict

are now in schools in Drogheda and it is ‘un­likely’ that a 1,000 strong school is sus­tain­able in Duleek.

Cllr Sharon Keogan re­cently ex­pressed her shock and sur­prise that no­body had made con­tact with the par­ish priest in the vil­lage who had of­fered a site on the Sta­tion Road for the pro­ject.

Cllr Paddy Meade said that the lo­cal area coun­cil had passed a mo­tion call­ing on the de­part­ment to lo­cate the school in Duleek for a mul­ti­ple of rea­sons.

‘Worst still from the read­ing of this re­sponse it would ap­pear that coun­cil of­fi­cials went against the wishes of the elected reps in the area and so this will have to be ques­tioned and if so, it is very dis­ap­point­ing,’ he stated.

‘Duleek with its large and grow­ing pop­u­la­tion and prox­im­ity to Drogheda and Donore al­ready has the pop­u­la­tion to sup­port a se­condary school and so this is dis­ap­point­ing.

There was also great hope here with this pro­ject for the fu­ture de­vel­op­ment of Duleek.’

He felt hav­ing a new school would have been a huge boost to busi­nesses in the vil­lage.

‘ There was a sug­gested lo­ca­tion in Duleek which ap­peared to have the sup­port of lo­cals and groups, sadly the same can not be said in South Drogheda.

For while I proudly rep­re­sent that area too, and many lo­cal peo­ple are de­lighted with the news, there is also se­ri­ous won­der about how the traf­fic is go­ing to be man­aged in the area, and for this rea­son and many more I must say I’m very dis­ap­pointed.’

Duleek has lost out in a bid for a se­condary school

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