COUNCILREPORT Cllrs unite for St. Molaga’s
THE three Balbriggan-based councillors on Fingal County Council have presented a united front in calling on the Government to address the dire accommodation problems at St Molaga’s Senior National School in Balbriggan where over half the school’s population are housed in 17-year-old ‘temporary’ prefabs.
Cllr Tony Murphy (IA), Cllr Malachy Quinn (SF) and Cllr Gráinne Maguire (NP) all had motions on the agenda of the latest meeting of the Balbriggan/swords Area Committee calling for action at the school.
Cllr Murphy called on the council to write to the Minister for Education to ‘demand support to deliver an extension to St. Molagas School Balbriggan which will have the capacity to accommodate the current student population and be capable of future proofing the demand for places in this great school, considering a 17-year wait for this investment and that 52% of the students are being educated in substandard decaying prefabs on the school grounds’.
Cllr Quinn’s motion called on the council to ‘support the campaign for improvements currently by both the Board of Management and the Parents Association of St. Mologa’s Senior National School, Balbriggan and that this Local Area Committee asks the Chief Executive to write to the Minister for Education & Skills, Richard Bruton TD to request that he meet with the representatives of both the Board of Management and the Parents Association.’
Cllr Gráinne Maguire asked for ‘support for the Board of Management and Parents Association of St. Molaga’s School in their request to urgently address their concerns in regard to the building of the new school’.
A letter will go from the Balbriggan Swords Area Committee to the Department of Education, on the back of those motions.
The accommodation crisis at the Balbriggan school has hit the headlines in recent weeks and has been raised on the floor of the Seanad by Senator James Reilly and Senator Lorraine Clifford Lee.
Principal of the school, Pauline Costello said of the crisis: ‘The prefabricated rooms were erected as a temporary measure to facilitate the growth in the school population since 2000.
‘17 years on, this temporary solution to an accommodation crisis seems like an inadequate, unacceptable answer to our school’s accommodation needs in the 21st century.
St Molaga’s SNS.