BUILD­ING WAS A ‘WASTE OF MONEY’

Fingal Independent - - NEWS - John MAN­NING

AF­TER years of strug­gling in an in­ad­e­quate ‘tem­po­rary’ school build­ing, the principal of Rush and Lusk Ed­u­cate To­gether Na­tional School says the school com­mu­nity is ‘de­lighted’ that the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion has fi­nally lis­tened to its pleas as plans are un­der­way to de­mol­ish the cur­rent school she says was a ‘waste’ of public money and build a new one, sched­uled to open in 2019.

Nine years and €900,000 worth of re­pairs later, the cur­rent school is com­pletely safe and ac­cord­ing to the principal ‘prob­a­bly the most fire com­pli­ant build­ing in the world at this stage’ but it is still in­ad­e­quate for the school’s needs.

‘The class­rooms are a sub­stan­dard size and the sound­proof­ing is ap­palling and just from a school op­er­a­tional point of view, it’s dif­fi­cult,’ school principal, Pa­tri­cia Hur­ley ex­plained.

It was hoped the new school would be de­liv­ered by next year but when one of the con­trac­tors pulled out of the project, it was re-ten­dered, push­ing the open­ing date for the new school back to the sum­mer of 2019.

But when the school moved into the cur­rent ‘tem­po­rary build­ing’ the un­der­stand­ing was it would be their home for just three to five years.

By the time the school moves into their new home, it will be 11 years in this ‘tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion’.

The school principal, Pa­tri­cia Hur­ley spoke to the Fin­gal In­de­pen­dent and ques­tioned the whole model of con­struct­ing tem­po­rary build­ings for new schools, that we have seen time and again in Fin­gal, turn­ing into much longer-term solutions.

She said the money spent on the tem­po­rary school has been a ‘waste of tax-pay­ers’ money’.

She told the Fin­gal In­de­pen­dent: ‘It has been an aw­ful waste of public tax­pay­ers money. What’s got lost in all of this stuff, which is quite an­noy­ing from my point of view, is that public money was used to build this in the first place.’

The school principal said that with just two more school years to go in the trou­bled build­ing, she is look­ing for­ward to a bright new era for the school.

She said: ‘The whole school com­mu­nity is de­lighted that the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion has at last lis­tened to us and de­cided to give us a state-of-the art new build­ing.’ That new build­ing will be built next to the cur­rent school, on the site that cur­rently forms the school car park.

When the new school is ready to be oc­cu­pied, the cur­rent ‘tem­po­rary’ build­ing will fi­nally be de­mol­ished af­ter 11 years.

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