COUNCILREPORT Cllrs unite for St. Mo­laga’s

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

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.

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