Accommodation must be found urgently for students
SPEAKING in the Dáil, Sinn Féin TD for Fingal Louise O’reilly challenged the Minister for Education Joe Mchugh and called for alternative accommodation for Ardgillan Community College in Balbriggan to be immediately provided.
Questioning the Minister for Education, Deputy O’reilly said: ‘The situation affecting students and their families, as well as teachers, at Ardgillan Community College, Balbriggan is of the most serious nature.
‘The recent fire and safety assessment carried out by the Department of Education which identified structural problems with part of the school have meant the closure of a section of the school which affects a staggering 200 of the 900 plus student population.’
Deputy Reilly said: ‘The situation is extremely debilitating and worrying for students and their families and for teachers.
The insecurity and instability which this has caused is enormous.
‘It is absolutely essential that alternative accommodation for the students at Ardgillan Community College is immediately provided.’
The Sinn Féin TD added: ‘In the coming months, we must get to the bottom of how this happened and who is responsible. However, the most pressing issue now is that alternative accommodation is provided as a matter of urgency.’ Meanwhile, Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell has also voiced his concern regarding the identification of structural issues in Ardgillan Community College which has necessitated the closure of a section of the school.
He said: ‘I am seriously concerned following with the identification of structural issues in Ardgillan Community College, which has meant that a section of the school building has had to be closed.
‘The fact that structural issues are present in any school building is wholly unacceptable, and our students and young people deserve better.
‘It is vital that students are provided with the infrastructure and resources to receive their education in an environment which is conducive to their learning.
‘Buildings with structural issues are certainly not such environments, and this is causing a disruption for all of the students affected., which should never have occurred in the first place.’
Deputy Louise O’reilly TD